Transportation (News)

Oakland Airport Connector Ignored Civil Rights Laws

Submitted by Staff on Wed, 03/31/2010 - 11:25am
The Federal Transit Administration pulled $70 million in stimulus funds from BART's Oakland Airport Connector project last month based on our civil rights complaint, finding that BART ignored civil rights laws. Fortunately, the Bay Area didn't lose that funding - it was distributed among the region's ailing transit systems. But the transit administration's action makes it clear that public money must be spent fairly or agencies will be held accountable.

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.

Transit Funding Disaster: A Hard Look at What Happens When Money Is Tight

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:19am

Over the last several months, we've written occasionally about the need to solve the impending transit funding crisis. For longer than that, we've worked around the country, but especially in California and New York, to find new and innovative ways to advance transit service. Lately, we've also implored Congress to provide emergency funding to keep drivers employed as legislators have considered jobs bills.

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.

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.


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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