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18-736 West Oakland TOD Board Presentation
West Oakland BART Transit Oriented Development Update. For information.
18-731 COVID-19 Update Impact of and Response to COVID -19 - Presentation - Updated
COVID-19 Update: Impact of and Responses to COVID-19. For information.
18-733 Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget Overview -Presentation Updated
Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Budget Overview. For information.
18-737 Update on BART and Valley Transportation Authority Phase I - Presentation Updated
Update on BART and Valley Transportation Authority Phase I. For information.
Getting closer and closer to BART finally rolling down to San Jose. Updating the train maps soon
6.I. FINAL Version of AC Transit PTASP 5-14-20
Consider approving the AC Transit Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP).
6.H. STAFF REPORT
Consider approving staff’s plans for bus service over the next 12 months as a result of the Coronavirus...
AC Transit's plan for the next year is to have only one more massive transit change in August and then a more permanent solution in March 2021.
20-0534 6a Bay Area Express Lane Network for PBA 2050.pdf
Bay Area Express Lanes Network for Plan Bay Area 2050 Presentation on trade-offs between express lane...
The ReX bus express system sounds pretty cool! Too cool to ever actually be implemented. This feels like a means to paint express lanes as win for transit, and when transit doesn't do perform well it'd be the first to go but keep the express lanes. A bait and switch. On the other hand the silver line in LA, which uses express line is a remarkable frequent and popular service.
20-0515 5a State LegisHistory May 2020.pdf
Legislative History Detailed list of bills the Commission is tracking in Sacramento, including those...
Have to imagine most legislation has a real difficult path to passage this year. the FASTER measure is definitely not happening but Seamless transit(AB-2057) is still around and looks good.
20-0630 5a COVIDChallenges LongRangePerspectives.pdf
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Challenges for a Resilient Region: Perspectives from Long-Range...
Its disappointing how a simple pandemic can throw out all the plans/strategies that MTC/ABAG had spent years and hundreds of hours working on. At least they're positive that if a recession or transportation shift occurs they'll be in a good place to encourage greener uses of road space.
20-0353 3a 20-0353 MeansBased Funding Agreement.pdf
Funding Agreements - Means Based Transit Fare Pilot (Clipper® START) - Fare Subsidy Project: San Francisco...
The means-based transit fare pilot is in progress. If you know anyone that would be eligible for the pilot and would benefit you should recommend they join.
20-0766 07 Transit Task Force PRESENTATION v2.pdf
MTC Resolution No. 4220, Revised (30 minutes) Revisions to MTC Resolution No. 4220, the Coronavirus...
MTC is really taking a hands on approach with the transit agencies on preparing for the future of transit in the region.
20-0533 2h 20-0533 Reso-4412 RM3 LONP ACTC.pdf
MTC Resolution No. 4412, Revised. Regional Measure 3 (RM3) Letters of No Prejudice to Alameda County...

Articles

Public transit and the coronavirus
The Bay Link Blog - News Views and Analysis from the MetropolitannbspTransportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments

What is the future of public transportation and what can be done to get riders back? City Lab had an interesting article on the matter, offering ways transit systems can survive.More crews to...

Trump, Tom Cruise, NASA eye the moon
The Bay Link Blog - News Views and Analysis from the MetropolitannbspTransportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments

Wow, the moon is making a lot of news of late. Who knew a body that is 4.5 billion years old could be so trendy.First, NASA has selected three firms to work on a lunar landing for the first time...

Congress votes next week on possible next-round emergency transit funding
Green Caltrain

Update: we have heard more recently that the bill is likely to be introduced Friday for a vote next week, so taking action now is very much needed. Congress is expected to vote on Friday, May 8th...

Caltrain financial situation dire, shutdown presented as a possibility
Green Caltrain

At today’s Caltrain board meeting, the board members reviewed an ominous presentation about Caltrain’s financial situation in the Covid pandemic. Shockingly, without additional funding,...

San Mateo County Board of Supes votes to maintain option for Caltrain ballot measure
Green Caltrain

On Tuesday, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted to keep the option open for the Caltrain board to put a 1/8 cent sales tax on the ballot in November, if polling shows that it is feasible....

SMART seeks input on service cuts
The Bay Link Blog - News Views and Analysis from the MetropolitannbspTransportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) rail service is seeking input from the public in the North Bay on what cuts to make to the service.The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1ASMARTsurveyAmong...

Updated Caltrain ballot measure partner approval schedule
Green Caltrain

Minor updates to the schedule to allow the Caltrain board to have the ability to put a 1/8 cent sales tax on the November 2020 ballot. Next week, the topic will go to VTA’s Administration and...

VTA drops plan for record-breaking downtown San Jose BART tunnel, will seek smaller options
The Mercury News

What remains unclear is how much the redesigned project will cost, or when BART trains will finally roll into the center of the Bay Area’s largest city.

‘Hub’ plan at Market and Van Ness faces key vote - The San Francisco Examiner
The San Francisco Examiner

Project would make room for more than 15,000 more residents in the transit-rich area

Power struggle in City Hall reduces SFMTA board to four members
SFChronicle.com

The board that oversees all aspects of transportation in San Francisco, from Muni buses, to e-scooters, to parking, is set to lose nearly half of its seven members next week.

Solano, regional transit feel early Covid losses; bigger projects later
Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — The May revise budget released Thursday by the governor’s office will provide some of the funding answers for which the Solano Transportation Authority and other local and regional...

Bay Area mass transit systems prepare for gradual ridership increases as restrictions ease
KTVU FOX 2

San Francisco leaders are preparing to reopen as many as 95% of the city's retail businesses for curbside pickup and delivery. That means that mass transit is ramping up and preparing to get...

Uber drivers, passengers must wear masks for rides
SFChronicle.com

The ride-hailing company will require all drivers and riders to wear masks or face coverings starting Monday, among other health and safety changes for the coronavirus era.

SMART proposes 6M in cuts following tax defeat, pandemic
Marin Independent Journal

The reductions will make it nearly impossible for the service to retain its current operation levels, according to the staff.

Petaluma, SMART close in on station deal
Petaluma Argus Courier

Petaluma, SMART officials and a developer are in the final stages of approvals of a mega deal to add more than 500 new housing units on three different sites and a new commuter rail station at Corona...

The Subway is Probably not Why New York is a Disaster Zone
Pedestrian Observations

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Rent relief: Tenants would get 10 years to repay under California lawmakers
SFChronicle.com

State Senate leaders proposed a massive economic relief package on Tuesday to guide California through its coronavirus budget woes by encouraging residents to prepay their future state income taxes...

Nearly 97 of SF tenants paid May rent, but landlords are bracing for June
SFChronicle.com

A survey of 13,961 San Francisco apartment units found that 96.8% of tenants paid their rent in May.

SF proposes 438.5M November bond measure to fund streets, parks, mental health and homeless services - The San Francisco Examiner
The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco plans to ask voters this November to approve a $438.5 million bond measure to fund a wide range of needs: street repaving, park improvements and homeless services.

Vallco wins: Massive Cupertino development can proceed, judge rules
The Mercury News

A large housing, office and retail development proposed on the site of the old Vallco Shopping Mall can go forward, a judge ruled Wednesday, despite challenges raised by some community members.

The post-shutdown Bay Area commute may be hell
SFGate

As both state and local shelter-in-place orders are showing signs of relaxing , residents are starting to think about eventually getting back to work and what that may look like. But with social...