Now that all the votes are counted, we have exciting news to share: By passing Proposition D, San Francisco is now the first city in California to successfully tax rideshare companies.
It’s been a long journey to get here, and we have many to thank for this historic win. In particular, we would have never gotten here without the political leadership of Supervisor Aaron Peskin along with all three state legislators who represent San Francisco: Assemblymember Phil Ting, Assemblymember David Chiu and Senator Scott Wiener.
Beginning next year, for every rideshare trip that starts in San Francisco, transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft are required to pay a business tax that will help raise approximately $30 million a year. Half of the revenues will go to Muni to improve transit service and the other half will fund bicycle and pedestrian safety projects.
That means that all those Uber and Lyft rides you see in the city will pay for the kind of protected bike lane projects we see going in the ground right now, like on Fifth Street and Townsend Street. Supervisor Peskin has also promised the revenues will help hire more bus drivers to increase Muni reliability.
We want to also thank Mayor London Breed for her support on this measure and congratulate her on winning her re-election. And lastly, we are so grateful for our members. This measure needed two-thirds voter approval and the current results has Proposition D passing with 67.65% of voters in favor. Every vote mattered, and we can’t thank you enough for being part of the people-powered movement that won this victory that will transform our city.
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