These Riverside County, CA freeways and roads could benefit from an $8.8 billion sales tax. Possible November Ballot Question

New lanes on the 91, 60, 15 and 215 freeways lead a list of Riverside County transportation projects to be paid for by an $8.8 billion countywide sales tax that could appear on the November ballot.

Riverside County Transportation Commission officials want to boost the sales tax by a half penny, on top of the existing Measure A half-cent tax that’s been raising cash for roads and rails for decades. Staffers say more money is needed to relieve the fast-growing county’s numerous traffic choke points.

Commissioners voted 25-4 Wednesday, Jan. 8, to approve a “traffic relief plan” listing dozens of projects in line for sales-tax dollars. Representatives from Banning, Beaumont and Eastvale and Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries voted no.