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18-755 Update on BART and Valley Transportation Authority Phase I - Presentation
Update on BART and Valley Transportation Authority Phase I. For information
BART finally runs to San Jose. Tried it three times myself. Is cool and fast.
18-756 Resolution in Support of the Establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation
Resolution in Support of the Establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing and...
18-753 Update on Fare Gates - Presentation
Update on Fare Gates. For information.
I still think people in the suburbs just believe that station hardening and fare enforcement is going to eliminate homelessness in the system. I believe its still a good thing to do just because it raises the bar to evade paying fares but I don't agree it'll prevent determined homeless individuals from getting to BART.
18-773 COVID-19 Update - June 25, 2020.Final
COVID-19 Update: Impact of and Responses to COVID-19. For information.
18-778 Resolution in Support of the Repeal of Proposition 209 and the Resumption of Affirmative Action in California
Resolution in Support of the Repeal of Proposition 209 and the Resumption of Affirmative Action in California....
Att.2.State Report
Receive the monthly legislative report.
The economic recovery fund sounds like a really terrible idea.
Att.3.State Matrix
Receive the monthly legislative report.
Scott Wiener really goes all in on his goals. Exemption from CEQA for transit and bike infrastructure. Cool. however seamless transit bill is dead, or at least frozen for till next year. basically the two big bay area transit bills are done - seamless transit and faster bay area.
5.A. Attachment 1 - BRT Progress Update
BRT Project Updates: 1) COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Impacts 2) Civil Unrest Impacts 3) Construction...
BRT might be coming in August!
6.D. Att.1 - Proposed Network Maps
Consider receiving and providing input on a Receive a preview of staff’s initial proposals for redesigning...
Wow the AC Transit cuts are super deep. They're pretty much abandoning all the south alameda transbay lines. And they aren't leaving much frequent services. Its reasonable but hard to grapple.
6.D. Att. 2 - Summary of Proposed Changes
Consider receiving and providing input on a Receive a preview of staff’s initial proposals for redesigning...
This is ruthless. 51 remerges, O and 72 are eliminated.
6.E. Att.1. Presentation
Consider receiving an update on Computer Aided Dispatch and Automated Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL) Real-Time...
Slide Presentation PDF
6-16-20 MTAB Item 14 Contract - Customer Info System
Resolution PDF
6-16-20 MTAB Item 13 Traffic Modifications - Beale Street Transit Only Lane
Beale is getting its transit only lane doesn't appear to be related to the emergency transit only lanes
Slide Presentation PDF
6-30-20 MTAB Item 9 Approval - FY21 and FY22 Operating Budget
Slide Presentation PDF
6-30-20 MTAB Item 10 Traffic Modifications and Transportation Code Amendment - Temporary Transit-Only...
Emergency lanes sound great. I hope this passes with flying colors although I feel like the reports of carmaggeddon is exaggerated. 19th ave would be a dream to have transit lanes.
#7 - SB 797 Update
senate bill 797 update
I hope they continue the path of a caltrain tax to the ballot. I think regardless it deserves its chance to be voted on.
20-0434 Agenda Item 6a 20-0434 RSRBridge AMP Update.pdf
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Asset Management Plan Update A progress update summarizing initial conclusions...
20-0818 6b Bay Area Express Lanes recommendation for PBA 2050.pdf
Bay Area Express Lanes Network Recommendation for Plan Bay Area 2050 Presentation of the Regional...
when people talk as if driving doesn't come at a subsidized cost tell them to look at how much the express lanes cost. 3.7 billion...
20-0844 6a Traffic SIP..pdf
Report on Travel during COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Report on travel on highways, bridges, transit, and...
They're basing the transit ridership off of clipper but I hope they're aware the bus agencies except for MUNI are de facto free until they can protect the bus operators.
20-0935 7b House Reps Transp Reauthorization Update.pdf
U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Reauthorization Update Overview of the $500 billion five-year...
The invest in america seems to have a good push for transit. I don't know if I can say it goes far enough but they are providing some grants for transit-first projects like bus lanes and priority signaling
20-0805 7c Tom Bulger's DC Report May 2020.pdf
Tom Bulger’s Report Report from Washington, D.C. advocate as well as information on bills being tracked...
20-0890 5b Handout State Budget CARESallocCites.pdf
Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 State Budget Update Overview of the transportation, housing, climate change,...
The heavily populated cities made out on the CARE act support.
20-0834 6b Housing Bill Update.pdf
Housing Bill Update Update on housing bills in Sacramento.
The state legislature is still trying to remain focused on bringing some crucial housing bills to the forefront for September meanwhile trying to find a way to keep a balanced budget through for the next years.
20-0890 5b State Budget.pdf
Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 State Budget Update Overview of the transportation, housing, climate change,...
I'm grateful the legislators rejected newsom's plan to raze the transportation budget again to close budget holes, particularly taking the budget crisis out on transit again. Regardless STA funds is going to fall critically. Service cuts are coming
20-0788 4a Regional Safety VZ Policy.pdf
MTC Resolution No. 4400: Regional Safety / Vision Zero (VZ) Policy Recommendation for adoption of MTC...
MTC wants to a take a leadership role in transportation safety across the bay area. It doesn't appear they have the tools though, just lots of money.
20-0926 Bay Area Transit Health-Saftey Plan Presentation
Transit Public Health and Safety Plan Transit Operators will present an overview of their Transit Public...
20-0928 CARES Phase 2 Funding Presentation
CARES Phase 2 Funding Distribution Considerations MTC staff will present a set of considerations for...
20-0929 4 Express Lanes and Equity.pdf
MTC Express Lanes Equity Update Update on staff’s plan to address equity in express lanes.
20-0539 4a 20-0539 880 Express Lanes.pdf
Update on I-880 Express Lanes Opening An update on the opening of the I-880 Express Lanes, including...

Articles

New Bay Trail segment lauded
The Bay Link Blog - News Views and Analysis from the MetropolitannbspTransportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments

A new segment of the Bay Trail, the Albany Beach Bay Trail behind Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley/Albany, opened in May and has garnered praise in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.“With...

Police Union to Muni: Drop Dead
Muni Streetsblog San Francisco

Cops tell Muni to "lose our number"...

WETA ferry service increases Monday, safety plan adopted
The Bay Link Blog - News Views and Analysis from the MetropolitannbspTransportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) has announced it will resume San Francisco Bay Ferry service on the Richmond route and double service on the Vallejo...

Fear of Public Transit Got Ahead of the Evidence
Train Riders Association of California

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High-Speed Rail’s Turning Point: California Assembly Asserts Bipartisan Control
Train Riders Association of California

By David Schonbrunn, President, TRAC This past Thursday, June 11th, there was an unanimous bipartisan vote by the State Assembly to adopt House Resolution 97. Bipartisan votes like HR-97 are exceptionally...

SF will see big changes to rail system when service returns
The Bay Link Blog - News Views and Analysis from the MetropolitannbspTransportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments

When MUNI Metro rail service comes back in August it will look different. The changes are outlined here.Some Muni Metro lines will be taken out of the subway to reduce the pre-COVID-19 delays...

San Francisco: A Forbidden Fantasy Comes True
Human Transit

Around 1989, when I lived in San Francisco, I spent too much time in little rooms with transit advocates (and some transit professionals who could not be named) complaining about Muni Metro, the combined...

Muni Changing Up Rail
Muni Streetsblog San Francisco

When the subway comes back in August, it'll be a whole lot different...

Stockton Blvd Corridor Study
Getting Around Sacramento

The City of Sacramento is undertaking a Stockton Blvd Corridor Study, covering the section between Alhambra Blvd and 47th Ave / Elder Creek Rd, but focused on the two high injury segments around Broadway...

Regional agencies, local governments take new steps to solve Bay Area housing problems
The Bay Link Blog - News Views and Analysis from the MetropolitannbspTransportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in partnership with cities and counties, are stepping up collaborative efforts to meet the Bay...

Surprisingly strong poll results for Caltrain ballot measure; wide margin depends on campaign
Green Caltrain

Yesterday June 24, Caltrain disclosed surprisingly strong poll results in favor of putting a ⅛ cent sales tax on the ballot to provide stable funding and more frequent electric service for Caltrain. ...

L.A.s freeways might be the most racist monuments in California
Los Angeles Times

Spewing carbon monoxide across L.A. on the freeway system feeds into a pot of racism and segregation that’s been stewing for nearly a century.

Caltrain aims to increase service
San Mateo Daily Journal

Caltrain will begin increasing service this month and later this summer will offer a 50% discount to low-income riders to be in effect up to a year and a half.

Muni rolls back fare increases after pressure from SF supervisors
SFChronicle.com

Muni won’t raise fares in the next two-year budget after San Francisco supervisors sealed a deal with the city’s transportation agency.

BART finally knows the way to San Jose - new line to South Bay starts this weekend
SFChronicle.com

The public gets its first chance to ride the new extension beginning at 7:56 a.m. Saturday, when the first regular train — a Richmond-bound train — will depart the Berryessa/North San Jose Station...

BART board stands firm on police funding Local News Matters
Local News Matters

The BART Board of Directors last week acknowledged the value in reforming its law enforcement agency but declined to reduce or eliminate funding for BART

As Lockdown Orders Lift, Can Cities Prevent A Traffic Catastrophe?
NPR.org

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Marin officials scrutinize bill to streamline transit projects
Marin Independent Journal

SB 288 would loosen review requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act in an effort to promote carless transportation options.

Defunding police: BART to shift 2 million from police to ambassadors
SFChronicle.com

The call to defund the police has reached BART, where leaders pledged Friday to shift $2 million from sworn officers and fare inspectors, and instead spend it on unarmed ambassadors.

BART board approves 2.4B budget with 200M in cuts - The San Francisco Examiner
The San Francisco Examiner

The BART Board of Directors voted 7-2 Thursday to approve the agency’s $2.42 billion budget for fiscal year 2021, which goes into effect next Wednesday.