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BART Legacy Fleet Decommissioning Report. For information.
Outlines BART's plan to get rid of the old fleet
18-317 Declaration of November 6, 2018, Election Results
Declaration of November 6, 2018, Election Results. Board requested to authorize.
BART Election Results from November 2018
18-328 3-B State of the Region
State of the Region.
Economic breakdown of the Bay Area and what to look forward to in 2019
What does BART have coming up
BART's fare is apparently still the highest farebox recovery ratio, with caltrain at a close 2nd.
18-336 9-J Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at BART
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at BART.
Don't know if you've noticed BART's external office has been taking a really proactive approach recently. They're even on reddit so I'm so proud to see them taking PR seriously. They fight back with facts and even encourage participation
18-332 3-F Quality of Life
Quality of Life. i. Homelessness. ii. Cleanliness iii. Fare Evasion. iv. Safety and Security.
SF should be proud of the Elevator Attendant program. If you have a moment thank Dir. Dufty for that. Its a really impressive achievement.
18-337 Annual Report 2018
Workshop Review.
BART's Annual report
2.A. Att. 1 Draft Strategic Plan
AC Transit Strategic Planning Process.
6.C. Staff Report
Consider receiving report on current bus routes that might be better suited for Flex service. [Requested...
Flex/on-demand service is a waste of money. It unfortunate that TNCs tricked transit agencies into thinking that it would be a good investment
6.C. Att.2. Flex Presentation
Consider receiving report on current bus routes that might be better suited for Flex service. [Requested...
Flex services don't work, they're far worst than fixed routes and serve only the ego of people who they deserve state-funded taxi services. How unfortunately that transit agencies everywhere have to fall into this trap that copying the super subsidized TNCs will lead to better ridership.
5.F. Att.1. W. Grand Ave Transit Improv. Supp.
Consider authorizing the General Manager to execute a funding agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation...
AC Transit attempting to continue constructing the west grand Avenue transit signal priority project. starting in 2020 and finish construction 2021
2.A. Att 1. Fed PPT
Update on federal legislative activities.
AC Transit's quick breakdown of the federal government for 2019 year
6.G. Att1. Exhibits
Consider approving a series of service changes for the June 2019 sign-up that would normalize service...
AC Transit is cutting a little bit of service for different routes to make up a budget deficit. Coming June 2019
8.A. Agenda Planning
Agenda Planning Pending List.
AC Transit Agenda plans for this year. Lifetime pass for AC Transit board directors of 3 or more terms. report on MUNI's accessiblity issues, looking at having sheriffs patrol stops to ticket trucks that are blocking AC Transit, and having ticket reader people to loading backload people on buses at Berkeley bart.
6.E. Att.1. BRT Monthly Progress Report
Consider receiving the monthly construction progress report on the East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project...
AC Transit BRT progress. 18 stations are complete so they're getting somewhere!
6.A. Att4.2018 Fed Leg Prog
Consider receiving the Monthly Legislative Report and approval of legislative positions.
6.A. Att3.State Matrix
Consider receiving the Monthly Legislative Report and approval of legislative positions.
Interesting bills to see ACA 1 wants to making the voting percentage require 55% for tranportation and affordable housing.
2.A. State Update PPT
Update on state legislative activities.
Weiner has reintroduced SB 827 as SB 50. The requirements for an high quality bus corridor are pretty strict. Maps that identify the areas affects will probably be get it support or opposition. Its neutered for all intents and purposes for the central valley but still in theory should bring the Bay Area and LA region into some rational housing
Slide Presentation PDF
1-15-19 MTAB Item 11 Rail Service
problems with SFMTA rail service and what they can do to overcome
Slide Presentation PDF
1-23-19 EMSC Item 8 90 Day Action Plan
SFMTA's 90 day plan(starting Jan 15) to make things better(under pressure from Mayor Breed). The real problem this identifies is why weren't they doing these changes before? Why do they need threat of firing Reiskin before implementing these changes? Maybe SFMTA does need to be run more like a tech company, with releases and drive to improve, reviewing prior issues and solving with a ideology of working toward perfection? I went to the Board workshop, apparently SFMTA likes the 90 day schedule so they're going to continue 90 day improvements and review
Slide Presentation PDF
1-23-19 EMSC Item 7 Accelerating Replacement of the Light Rail Fleet
Van Ness BRT Community Advisory Committee Meeting Presentation Deck - January 24, 2019
Van Ness BRT Community Advisory Committee Meeting Presentation Deck - January 24, 2019
Van Ness "BRT" is finally going again. 26% complete
Slide Presentation PDF
1-29-19 MTAB Workshop Strategic Plan Metrics Report
Metrics report on MUNI. Not going to lie the number of traffic fatalities that occur just in "communities of concern" are mortifying. Side Note remember always call them traffic collisions, car crashes, traffic fatalities. calling them "accidents" is an attempt to absolve car manufacturers and motorists of guilt for not making it safer or driving safer. Dir Brinkman made that note of that in the board workshop.
Legal Slide Presentation PDF
1-29-19 MTAB Workshop Item 6 Financial & Legal Responsibilities of the SFMTA
Cool summary presentation of SFMTA development through history and the role of the SFMTA board in presiding over the SFMTA agency. The one thing they didn't ask if they could go very micromanaging on the director of transportation. make a policy that requires he go to the board to do nearly anything.(albeit they wouldn't do that, its an interesting question)
Fiscal Slide Presentation PDF
1-29-19 MTAB Workshop Item 6 Financial & Legal Responsibilities of the SFMTA
Economic view of the country. Basically a recession is coming... we can bet on it but we don't know when. We're 6 months from the longest economic expansion in history. And it seems to concern economists because the higher the US gets the hard we can fall.
Slide Presentation PDF
1-29-19 MTAB Workshop Item 7 FY 2018 Annual Report
You may not personally see it but SFMTA completes a host of projects in 2017-2018.
Slide Presentation PDF
1-29-19 MTAB Workshop Item 8 Goal 1
Slide Presentation PDF
1-29-19 MTAB Workshop Item 9 Goal 2
Slide Presentation PDF
1-29-19 MTAB Workshop Item 10 Goal 3
Slide Presentation PDF
2-5-19 MTAB Item 13 Budget Supplemental - LRV purchase
Cause of some cool fluke of the State laws and the city budget SFMTA gets to spend an extra to expedite new LRVs. that would be cool.
Slide Presentation PDF
2-12-19 OCSC Item 8 55 Dogpatch
The plan is to reroute the 22 to mission bay. So they need to figure out a new plan for the 55 which provides service to Dogpatch
Caltrain Business Plan Quarterly Update
2019-01-10 JPB - Business Plan special meeting quarterly report
Caltrain's business plan for 2040. basically once they have HSR and electrification, Transbay terminal they want to compete with BART for service and ridership numbers. They seem to want to keep doing the limited/skip stop routes, but now add it to the weekend and provide weekend service to gilroy.
FY 2019 Q1 Rail Operations Performance
FY 2019 Q1 Rail Operations Performance
Metrics for Q1 2019. Ridership appears to be growing for Caltrain
San Jose Diridon Station
San Jose Diridon Station
Diridon station is going to be completely revamped and there are a lot of shareholders in the discussion.
Regional Means-Based Fare Pilot Program
Means-Based Fare Pilot Program
Caltrain is preparing for a means based fare pilot program with MTC. They don't expect much as most of their ridership comes from higher income passengers.
18-1074 3 Transit Rail Planning Update.pdf
Transit Rail Planning Update Information on four ongoing transit planning studies: Regional Rail Synthesis,...
18-1073 2 Perspective Paper 5 Preview Future of Jobs.pdf
Horizon Perspective Paper #5: Preview - The Future of Jobs Preview of the upcoming Horizon Perspective...
The way the Bay area economy is growing is focused but its nice to know that the rich found another way to screw the poor and millenials by making the gig economy
MTC's legislative review of state legislation. Theres a lot going on with housing but not really anything big execept SB 50
18-1119 7d PAC-4a Reso-4035 TPI Investment Update VTA Re-Programming.pdf
MTC Resolution No. 4035, Revised. Transit Performance Initiative - Investment Program Semi-Annual Report,...
How the Transportation Performance Initiative is going for MTC
19-0013 4 Vital Signs Equity Update.pdf
Vital Signs: Equity Update Summary of the latest updates from Vital Signs, MTC / ABAG’s comprehensive...
Vital Sign performance of the bay area by MTC. San francisco apparently has a near equal number of renters and owners. Theres a whole lot more risk of displacement in east bay and North bay
19-0091 7a ACA 1 Support.pdf
ACA 1 (Aguiar-Curry): Voter Approval Requirements for Local Tax and Bond Measures - Support Reduces...
If you have time please ask your state representatives to support ACA 1. I mean they've tried this for years, maybe this will be the year it happens. although I would have much preferred it be just for transit funding and infrastructure not more highways and streets but beggars can't be choosers.
19-0020 06 Staff Liaison Report February 2019.pdf
Staff Liaison Report (5 minutes) Relevant MTC policy decisions and other activities.


M Ocean View Improvements Still Put Cars First
Muni Streetsblog San Francisco

Upgraded signals are supposed to let trains get priority at traffic signals, but Streetsblog found that Muni continues to wait...

Walkability, Weaponized
Human Transit

Some people will read a book from beginning to end, but many are browsers, nibbling here and there.  Some people want to be told want to do, while fewer want to plumb the depths of why.  So...

Elon Musk’s Tunnel: It Doesn’t Scale, so it Doesn’t Matter
Human Transit

Elon Musk just gave the media a tour of his 1.5 mile prototype tunnel under Los Angeles, which he spent US$10m to build.  Why are Elon Musk’s tunnels so cheap?  Because they’re...

Here Comes the Rain Again
Silicon Valley Transit Users

Silicon Valley will have lots of showers this weekend, and next week.  According to the National Weather Service, showers are expected in the area starting Friday night, and lasting up until...

Here We Go Again…
Silicon Valley Transit Users

More service cuts to public transit may be coming to Silicon Valley.  The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will discuss a proposal to further reduce bus and light rail service...

Openings and Construction Starts Planned for 2019
The Transport Politic

transit projects under construction in North America. 830 miles. $91 billion. Continue reading Openings and Construction Starts Planned for 2019 »...

Ballot measure? Fare increase? Options to address Caltrain funding gap with governance implications
Green Caltrain

With budget challenges looming in the 3-year window before electric service starts, the Caltrain board discussed funding options at a board workshop on December 14, including the â…› cent sales...

Palo Alto TMA takes shifts over 300 commuters away from driving at half the cost of new parking
Green Caltrain

This evening, the Palo Alto Transportation Management Association is presenting its annual report to City Council.  The data show that PATMA is shifting over 300 commuters away from driving...

“New Mobility”: Drowning in a Sea of Meaningless Words
Human Transit

I’m in the World Bank’s generally excellent Transforming Transportation conference in Washington DC.  The theme is “New Mobility.”  In the first panel, I found myself...

2019: Ready for the Rapid Rider Network
Stories by San Francisco Transit Riders on Medium

Ready for the Rapid Rider NetworkImagine a network of rapid transit lines that travel from end to end across San Francisco in 30 minutes or less by 2030, with enough frequency that transfering...

2016 Measure B Allowed To Be
Silicon Valley Transit Users

California’s State Supreme Court has just spoken on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) 2016 Measure B.  Their final verdict: reject a petition filed by Cheriel...

City by City – What the future might hold with Caltrain electric service growth and infrastructure
Green Caltrain

How would Caltrain system with much higher ridership work in your your city, and the cities where you use Caltrain?  This blog post breaks down the consequences of the growth scenarios by city...

Tomorrow: BART board considers “world-class transit” – what should that mean?
Green Caltrain

Tomorrow at its its annual board retreat, at a working lunch session, the BART board will discuss how to achieve a vision of “world-class transit.”    A set of Bay Area transit...

Amtrak San Joaquin Daily Express To End in April
Stop and Move

That was fast. Last April, Amtrak California decided to try something new – an early morning train from Fresno to Sacramento, timed to arrive for the start of the business day. The return train...

Better Market Street Pop Ups
Muni Streetsblog San Francisco

Come and see the vision for a car-free Market Street...

Caltrain considers lowering fares for low-income riders, raising fares for others
Green Caltrain

At the upcoming board meeting on Thursday February 7, the Caltrain board will consider going ahead with participation in the regional means-based fare pilot program, which would give a 20% discount...

Lyft Lobbying to Keep Cities from Governing Themselves
Human Transit

Portland’s mayor and transportation commissioner have blasted Lyft for lobbying the State of Oregon to prevent Portland from regulating to manage the impacts of Uber and Lyft on the city.  Their...

Bay Area policy leaders want big money for new transportation projects

Hold onto your wallets, the folks who brought you the recent $1 toll hike on Bay Area bridges are already testing the waters for a new “mega” transportation measure, somewhere in the neighborhood...

SMART hits 1 million passenger milestone as expansion work continues
Marin Independent Journal

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit announced this week that it has reached its one millionth passenger mark and is hoping hit more milestones in 2019 as it expands its reach in Marin County.

Open Thread: More SMART Trains for the Bay Area?
Streetsblog San Francisco

With new rail service breaking the one-millionth rider mark, is it time to think about extending past Larkspur and applying this strategy in other parts of the Bay Area?