Transportation (News)

SF Muni should give students a free ride

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 03/16/2012 - 11:45am
Letting students ride Muni for free is an appealing idea that City Hall is all but certain to adopt. Eliminating fares makes it easier for kids to get to school, cuts the bills for parents and helps reduce traffic congestion in San Francisco.

But the idea means a fare-box hit of $4 million to $7.9 million for the under-funded transit system facing a $23 million deficit. The money factor is giving the Metropolitan Transportation Agency, which runs Muni, pause while it searches for the right mix of funds and rules for the program.

Free MUNI for Youth: SFMTA Must Seize the Day

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:25pm

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) needs to vote on the proposal for a Free MUNI Youth Pass in March — or risk losing millions in transportation dollars that would improve the lives of San Francisco youth and their families. A broad community coalition led by young people has been campaigning for the free pass for more than a year, which would allow all San Francisco students to get to school, work, and to recreational and cultural activities.

BART Directors Approve Moving Livermore Project Ahead

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:54am
BART directors unanimously authorized moving ahead to the next level of work on building an extension to Livermore.

At its meeting Feb. 9 in Oakland, the board agreed to proceed with a project-level EIR and the formation of a joint powers agreement (JPA) with Livermore and the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC).

Director John McPartland, whose district includes Livermore, made the motion, which was seconded by director Tom Radulovich of San Francisco.

Radulovich added an amendment that made clear the understanding that no capital improvement money for the Livermore extension would come from BART.

Directors from the older areas of BART service were worried that the Livermore project would have to tap into BART funds sometime in the future.

Directors said that BART has $30 million in reserves, which is a small sum compared to the overall budget. Further, BART faces the need for $7.5 billion in improvements for the entire current system. Much of it is for replacement of train cars that are 40 years old.

Stop the Attack on Public Transit Civil Rights and Enviro Justice!

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 12:59pm

On Thursday, February 9th, TRPT  will be joining  a broad coalition of equity advocates in a National Call-in Day against the Federal Transportation bill H.R. 7.

Reasons to vote no on H.R. 7 (the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act) and maintain 30 years of dedicated federal commitment to supporting mass transit, creating jobs and protecting civil rights and environmental justice:

1. It would eliminate all dedicated federal funding for mass transit

The bill would eliminate the 2.86 cent portion of the 18 cent federal gasoline tax currently dedicated to mass transit and "replace it" with unidentified general fund revenue from the federal budget. The current dedicated federal funding formula of 80% for highways and 20% for transit would now be 100% for highways and roads! Transit operators would be forced to make historic cuts in service and institute massive fare increases as they cut operations costs to backfill billions in lost capital funds from the House bill.

Free Muni rides for kids plan gains speed

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 11:59am

Muni riders under the age of 18 may be allowed to board for free by summertime.

The idea could land at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency governing board as early as March 6.

"In one form or another, free or reduced Muni for youth seems likely," San Francisco Transportation Director Ed Reiskin said Friday.

His agency has not pushed for the program but is responding to the drumbeat by youth advocacy groups and their supporters in elective office to make the city's transit system more accessible to youths by removing the economic barrier.

"In this economy, paying for transportation is a hardship for many families," said Supervisor David Campos, who has taken the lead in championing the proposal at City Hall.

BART Would Provide Access to Jobs in Livermore

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 12:48pm

Extend BART to Livermore in order to transport people to jobs there, a number of speakers argued.

Many declared that fairness should be honored, since Livermore residents have been paying for BART for almost 50 years. Health issues provided another theme, since pollution caused by traffic continues to impact the quality of life in the Tri-Valley.

Coalition criticizes spending plan for Alameda County sales tax

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 1:23pm

By Denis Cuff

OAKLAND -- Plans for a November ballot measure to double Alameda County's sales tax for transportation to 1 cent are being rocked by a debate over allocating $400 million of the money to a BART extension to Livermore.

A coalition of social justice and public transit advocates said Tuesday the tax proposal needs an overhaul because it gives too much to expanding BART to Livermore and not enough for maintaining and operating public transit systems like struggling AC Transit.

"When you don't have enough money to take care of your existing systems, it doesn't make sense to make them bigger," said Jeff Hobson, deputy director of TransForm, a transit advocacy group. "This draft plan doesn't cut it, but it's not too late for the Alameda County Transportation Commission to get it right."


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