Rendering of the double express lanes planned for Interstate 5. Courtesy SANDAG

Backers of Measure A, the half-cent sales tax for local transportation improvements, said the measure’s relative success shows the need for more funding.

The measure won 57 percent of the countywide vote, but fell short of the two-thirds needed to enact a sales tax.

“The outcome of this election indicates strong bipartisan support for improving our transportation infrastructure,” said Citizens for a Better San Diego — Yes on A in a statement. “While Measure A fell short of the requisite two-thirds approval, we hope our region’s leaders recognize that improving our transportation system must be a priority.”

Opponents, including environmental and labor groups, said they are seeking a better vision for transportation that addresses climate change, creates jobs for local residents and modernizes San Diego’s transportation system.

“We are pleased the voters of San Diego agree that we can do better for our families, our environment and our health,” said Nicole Capretz, executive director of the Climate Action Campaign. “We can create a transportation system that cleans our air, protects our water and preserves our quality of life.”

The measure was drafted by SANDAG, the regional planning agency for San Diego County. Projects to be funded included a new trolley line from the border to Kearny Mesa, more express lines and road repairs.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.