Bay Area Region

Coalition urges free bus passes for students in Bay Area

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 11:58am

Organizers said many students face a financial hardship paying for bus fares or passes to ride to and from school.

In the East Bay, AC Transit charges youths $1 per bus ride or $15 for a monthly bus pass, while many other agencies charge more.

Pressure builds to save Muni

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 4:15pm

Widespread frustration with Muni service cuts and fare hikes – passionately expressed by the public on Friday at a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency meeting that continues tomorrow (Tuesday, March 2, starting at noon in City Hall Room 400) – has prompted a surprisingly diverse backlash.

Billionaires for Wealthcare Counter-Protest Healthcare Demo and Defend Blue Cross

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 4:24pm

While Americans express anger at predatory insurance practices, Billionaires for Wealthcare say: "Let them eat Advil". As the Senate prepares for a huge vote on health care legislation, on February 25th residents from San Francisco and surrounding areas gathered at Blue Cross offices at 2 Embarcadero Center to highlight the need for robust reform. These demonstrators came face-to-face with Billionaire defenders of Blue Cross' right to do whatever they damn well please.

Members of Billionares for Wealthcare demanded honor and respect for the personhood of Blue Cross, and took the opportunity to announce the ticket of Blue Cross/Palin for 2012.

Battered BART working on its image

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 4:00pm
Muni and other Bay Area transit agencies aren't reveling in the Federal Transit Administration's rejection of $70 in stimulus funding for BART's Oakland Airport Connector project, but it's good news for the 19 struggling districts that get to split up the funds.


MTC Pledges $10 Million for New Affordable Housing Fund

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 11:05am
OAKLAND, Calif.-- It makes good sense to place compact, affordable housing at transit hubs, and now the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is giving a substantial financial boost to the cause. MTC today approved a commitment of up to $10 million through its Transportation for Livable Communities program to help establish a new revolving loan fund to finance land acquisition for affordable housing development in select locations near rail and bus lines throughout the Bay Area.

Obama Administration Denies BART $70M in Stimulus Funds Citing Civil Rights Failures

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/19/2010 - 4:16pm

February 12, 2010

Obama Administration Denies BART $70M in Stimulus Funds, Citing Civil Rights Failures Funds Shift to Bay Area Transit Operations

Federal Transit Administration Chief Peter Rogoff today [February 12]  sent a letter to BART and MTC rejecting BART’s corrective action plan to address Title VI violations found in an investigation prompted by a complaint from civil rights, transportation and environmental advocates. Due to action taken by MTC at its January meeting, the funding will now be reallocated to transit projects across the Bay Area, where it is desperately needed to preserve jobs and transit service.

In the first action of its kind, the Obama Administration has pulled $70 million in federal stimulus funds from a proposed Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) project due to multiple civil rights violations by the Bay Area Rapid Transit district (BART). The strong action underscores a recent promise made in the President’s State of the Union address to continue “prosecuting civil rights violations.”


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