Proposed Regional Transportation Sales Tax for the November 2020 Election

Details on the Sales taxes we are already paying as of:
SALES TAX LIST – Bay Area Trans Taxes 10 19 19

Watch for Future Community Meetings discussing further sales tax increases:
SFCTA: Potential Regional Transportation Measure Community Meeting: https://www.sfcta.org/events/potential-regional-transportation-measure-san-francisco-forum

 

Regional Express (ReX) Transit Network

transformca – excerpt
The ReX Network can dramatically improve transportation in the Bay Area, connecting regional and local transit networks into a seamless whole.

ReX would make it easier for millions of residents to get around the region on transit. It is designed to connect the Bay Area’s transit systems, minimize travel times and wait times, and broaden access to regional rapid transit service. The core of the ReX network is intended to run on TransForm’s proposal for a fully connected system of express lanes, building on the network that is already beginning to take shape on the Bay Area’s freeways.

The ReX concept stemmed from a joint Horizon proposal from TransForm and SPUR to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to rethink the future of our highways. It was one of six “Transformative Transportation Projects” chosen by MTC for study and potential inclusion in Plan Bay Area 2050.

Download a four-page summary of the ReX concept, complete with maps and photos(more)

BART expands carpool parking program to new stations

Bay City News Service :smdailyjournal – excerpt

BART on Monday announced that it is expanding its pay-by-app carpool program to now include nine stations, including all stations west of the Bay that offer parking.

The app debuted in June at the Dublin/Pleasanton, Orinda, Antioch and Warm Springs station, and is now also available at Daly City, Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae, according to the transit agency…

Riders who carpool to a station and pay for parking can use the official BART app and park in the permit section of the lot.

All carpoolers should obtain a Carpool ID within the app and whoever is paying for parking at the standard rate for the station needs to enter the station and parking stall number and make the payment before all passengers enter the station… (more)

Pushing For A Fare-r Deal For Riders

By Aaron Short : beyondchron – excerpt

This piece first appeared in Streetsblog USA

Transit can raise ridership and improve service while avoiding regressive fare hikes, experts say.

Transit agencies can reverse the trend of falling ridership and maintain or even boost revenue — if they eschew regressive fare hikes in favor of improving the quality and affordability of their services, according to a TransitCenter paper released Thursday.

That would require an attitudinal shift, toward treating the bus and rail systems they run like a public trust — and not a cash box, as too many transit leaders do now…(more)

A Fare-r Deal for Riders

By Aaron Short : streetsblog – excerpt

Transit can raise ridership and improve service while avoiding regressive fare hikes, experts say.

Transit agencies can reverse the trend of falling ridership and maintain or even boost revenue — if they eschew regressive fare hikes in favor of improving the quality and affordability of their services, according to a TransitCenter paper released Thursday.

That would require an attitudinal shift, toward treating the bus and rail systems they run like a public trust — and not a cash box, as too many transit leaders do now.

“Focusing on pricing really highlights transit as a revenue-generation source instead of a public service, but public transit is a public service,” TransitCenter program director Stephanie Lotshaw, who co-wrote the report, told Streetsblog, adding, “that’s why it was created in the first place.”…

Lotshaw argues that transit leaders must get away from their “scarcity mentality” and trust that the services can make up in volume what they sacrifice in price.

“The decision to see what would benefit the customer and help them use the service has gone out of the window,” Lotshaw said. “In the private sector, it would be intuitive to make the product better so more people would want it — but, for some reason, it’s not the same in transit.”…(more)

I think this speaks for itself. Give the public what they want not what you want and they will take it.

Report: New leadership needed to finally bring trains to Salesforce Transit Center

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

The Bay Area should conduct a national search for new leadership to finally bring trains to the Salesforce Transit Center, a peer review panel of national infrastructure experts has concluded.

While hinted at in previous months, that panel’s findings were made public today and will serve as the jumping off point to ensure the Bay Area’s $6 billion investment in new train infrastructure isn’t derailed.

New leadership would need experience planning and leading “urban rail megaprojects,” the panel found…

The new report suggests the project’s leadership shouldn’t get a second crack at the job.

That leadership, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority staff, should only serve as one agency among many in the Bay Area studying and building what is known as the Caltrain Downtown Rail Extension, the peer review panel assembled by consultancy WSP/McKinsey concluded in its newly published report…(more)