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Item 6 - Draft Caltrain Rail Corridor Use Policy
Draft Caltrain Rail Corridor Use Policy
Caltrain is trying to offer alternative purposes for their land, notably the station land. I think this the beginning to enable TOD construction on their land like BART does. Unfortunately they don't really have much land that isn't railroad
Item 7 - Draft Transit Oriented Development Policy
# 7 Draft Transit Oriented Development Policy
20-0042 4a Clipper START Means-Based Pilot Program Update.pdf
Clipper® START Means-Based Pilot Program Update Update on the Clipper START regional means-based transit...
MTC planning to start the Means-based pilot for Clipper. They appear to be trying to make it as simple as possible to apply and receive the card
19-1342 5a BAIFA Toll Facility Ordinance Public Hearing.pdf
Public Hearing: Proposed BAIFA Toll Facility Ordinance Amendment A public hearing on proposed tolling...
With the i-880 express lane and the san mateo express lane undergoing construction. MTC is review their policies to determine a path for regional consistency.
20-0063 Item 3 HMC Meeting #2 Detailed Summary.pdf
ABAG Housing Methodology Committee Chair’s Report
I like this in terms of how the survey respondents viewed housing needs in the bay area. The last comment is also very important as upper class jurisdictions would not view themselves as needing more housing


Diridon Station design has better transfers, pedestrian connections
Green Caltrain

The Diridon Station integrated concept plan options have been consolidated to a version with the less-bad transfers and pedestrian connections to and through the station. Following strong public feedback,...

Major Transit Service Changes Coming
Silicon Valley Transit Users

Major changes to your bus and light rail service in Silicon Valley are coming.  On December 28, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will make major changes to its bus and light...

Open Letter to New SFMTA Director Jeffrey Tumlin: Tools for Your New Gig
Muni Streetsblog San Francisco

A few items and supplies a progressive SFMTA leader needs in his toolkit...

December VTA Board Meeting Highlights
Silicon Valley Transit Users

Key events occurred at the December 5, 2019 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board Of Directors’ meeting.  County Supervisor Cindy Chavez was elected Board Chair for 2020. ...

Central Valley Media Needs Help More than Ever
Stop and Move

It’s almost the end of 2019, and you’ve probably seen a bunch of those “10-year challenge” posts (#10YearChallenge) where people look back at 2009/2010 and compare themselves...

BART to reopen bathrooms at Powell, 19th Street stations that closed after 9/11

BART is set to reopen the bathrooms at Powell Street Station, which officials closed after 9/11, heeding advice from federal authorities.

BART has a plan to fix ‘unacceptable’ Sunday delays. You might not like it.
The Mercury News

BART trains will run even less frequently on Sundays, but officials say that will ensure the system can stick to its schedule.

Now Comes the Hard Part — Lining Up Money for Valley Link
The Independent

The $1.8 billion Valley Link project faces a tough road ahead to get enough financing.

SMART announces start date for train service to Larkspur, 12 deal to San Francisco
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

The $55.4 million, 2-mile project is SMART's first expansion of its existing 43-mile route since starting service in 2017.

San Jose and Milpitas BART off until April
Curbed SF

Or longer.

Marin submits transportation wish list for mega tax measure
Marin Independent Journal

Local planners contemplate projects that could benefit from Faster Bay Area, the proposed regional one-cent sales tax.

The Problem with On-Demand Transit — Shelterforce

Having door-to-door service — also called microtransit — seems like an answer for areas poorly served by transit, but it’s the wrong answer for equity.

BART's 3 parking comes under scrutiny. Should prices go up with demand?

BART’s board of directors will discuss several policy ideas Thursday to fix what some see as an archaic parking system with space so cheap that some lots routinely fill up before 8 a.m.

SMART board set to vote on tax renewal ballot measure
Marin Independent Journal

Next week, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit’s governing board is set to consider placing a ballot measure before voters in the March 2020 primary election to extend its quarter-cent sales tax for...

BART looking west toward Geary Boulevard in transbay crossing study - The San Francisco Examiner
The San Francisco Examiner

Every attempt in Bay Area history to extend BART down Geary has fizzled.

BART puts the brakes on proposed busking, panhandling ban - The San Francisco Examiner
The San Francisco Examiner

BART’s proposed ban on busking, panhandling and solicitation was stopped in its tracks at the Board of Directors meeting Thursday.

Feinstein asked for another bridge across the bay. Regional planners frowned

With traffic getting worse, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier have warmed up an idea that’s stewed since the 1940s: another transbay bridge.

Divisive state housing bill wins county support

The controversial housing legislation SB 50 has won the tentative support of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, albeit with conditions.

If You Let Them, They Will Build
City Journal

Oakland shows how to expand housing supply: tell developers they can put up new homes.

Against Self-Driving Cars

Instead of spending billions developing driverless cars we should be building sustainable people-centered transportation.