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Bay Area Region

Bay Area anchors megaregion: Sprawl, industry help unite Northern California

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 12:58am
On Nov. 27, thousands of Sacramento County commuters crept into the darkness to begin what for some would be a two-hour trip to work in the East Bay, San Francisco or Silicon Valley.

Later that morning, two bureaucrats from Oakland drove in the opposite direction. They sought -- and won -- more money for improving the area's outdated rail and other types of freight transportation than most had thought possible.


Creating Sustainable Cities: The San Francisco Bay Area and New York City Are Leading the Way

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 10:00pm
Michelle Chen

Angela Greene has a tough job: she and her workcrew scale the rooftops of Richmond, California to run wires, lay racks, and bend metal piping. Yet in the end, when she unfurls a gleaming solar panel over her community, it feels easy to save the planet.

After being laid off from her former job at a printing business, Greene went through a vocational training program and then joined Solar Richmond, an organization that is bringing sustainable energy along with new jobs to the heavily black and Latino port city.

Panel challenges transit funding

Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/12/2007 - 10:00pm
OAKLAND - A minority advisory committee headed by a Mill Valley man is pushing a key Bay Area transportation funding agency to spend more money on transit in low-income areas, such as Marin City and the Canal neighborhood.

But a Metropolitan Transportation Commission committee Friday rejected a proposal to adopt guidelines on the issue, saying equity in transit was too hard to define.

Update: MTC Rejects Bid for Environmental Justice Principles

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/11/2007 - 10:00pm
A Metropolitan Transportation Commission committee today rejected for now a request by activists that it adopt a set of "environmental justice principles" aimed at remedying alleged transit funding inequities for minority and low-income people.

However, Legislation Committee members said they will revisit the issue later this year after new members are assigned to the committee.

MTC package to increase BART expansion projects

Submitted by Reporter on Wed, 06/28/2006 - 3:34pm

S.F. subway, smaller bus services also deemed worthy of funding

Erik Nelson

Subway, BART and bus projects, along with transit service for the Bay Area's lower-income riders, should get a boost from a $419 million funding package approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Wednesday.


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