Bay Area transit agencies at odds over regionalization

By By Curtis Driscol : smdailyjournal – excerpt

MTC task force, local agencies disagree over potential changes to funding, authority

Representatives from Bay Area regional transit agencies, including Caltrain and SamTrans, remain at odds with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission Blue Ribbon Transit Recovery Task Force over how to improve transit in the Bay Area, citing concerns about what proposed reforms mean for transit agencies.

A Feb. 1 meeting update for regional transit organizations showed that while the task force is trying to ensure regional cooperation among agencies, questions and concerns from transit agencies’ representatives remain about funding sources, local autonomy moving forward and reform during a pandemic. Formed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, or MTC, in May, the task force is responsible for finding reform improvements to the Bay Area public transit system and recommending those changes to MTC for adoption this year…(more)