Our transportation investment recommendations for the Bay Area

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We have finally hit the point in the Sustainable Communities Strategy process where MTC has developed a comprehensive Transportation Investment Strategy. We have just sent MTC a letter with six recommendations, one for each of the 'investment strategies' in staff's presentation of the overall funding package.

The recommendations are:

  1. Fund the Climate Innovative Grants program, based on evidence from the first round of funding, to follow through on commitments made in the last RTP.
  2. Impose special requirements on at least BART and Muni to develop a funding plan to demonstrate how they will achieve a State of Good Repair, or at least how they will continue to maintain the existing level of repair. In the meantime, MTC should give greater scrutiny to capital expansion projects by the two agencies.
  3. Revise the One Bay Area Grant program to provide more guidance to counties to make the program better address displacement, encourage affordable housing, and support sustainable and equitable growth in PDAs.
  4. Dramatically increase funding for the BART Metro project, the most cost-effective project MTC analyzed. 
  5. In the Bay Area Express Lane Network, eliminate the projects that would widen I-80 to Yolo County line and I-580 to the San Joaquin County line. Commit to a transparent public planning process to ensure the network creates more transportation choices and supports access for low-income residents.
  6. Increase investments in the Transit Performance Initiative and the Lifeline Transportation Program.


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