The Bay Area Council Transportation and Land Use program works to improve transportation and real estate opportunities for all Bay Area residents and businesses. The top priority is to electrify Caltrain.
The Transportation and Land Use program ensures that Bay Area policies support a regionally competitive business climate, maintain efficient transportation and goods movement systems, and ensure a high quality of life for its workers. The Bay Area Council has long recognized that transportation and land use policies are two sides of the same coin, with planning and advocacy work focused on promoting smart, connected urban infill while reducing greenhouse gas impacts on the region. Dating back to the 1950’s, with the creation of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, and subsequently the BART transit system, the Council has solved the region’s most vexing transportation challenges.
• Electrify Caltrain, transforming a 19th Century diesel railroad into a world-class 21st Century commuter rail system that:
• Attracts and carries more passengers with service that is faster and more frequent.
• Provides unparalleled commuter convenience with up to six trains per hour in each direction.
• Provides electrical power infrastructure that will be extended to the Transbay Transit Center.
• Supports businesses' plans to grow, add jobs, and develop new start-ups along the Caltrain corridor.
• Take Action: click here to join the coalition of Bay Area businesses that support Caltrain electrification
• Establish a Bay Area-wide network of convenient, congestion-free highway Express Lanes (also known as High Occupancy Toll, or HOT lanes).
• Support full funding to replace antiquated BART train fleet.
• Support development of the Port of Oakland Logistics Center.
• Ensure that the business and economic perspective is proactively included in the creation of the region-wide SB 375 mandated Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS).
• Fight unreasonable barriers to infill, transit-oriented, and urban development, and ensure that BCDC and BAAQMD regulations do not affect sustainable urban infill development.
• Supported laws and Federal priorities promoting positive land use policies, including SB 375 and AB 32, passage of AB 1199 (Ammiano) to create infrastructure financing districts, and the HUD/DOT/EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities initiative.
• Drove a major increase in ferry service to help our region respond and recover after the Big One - and relieve day-to-day traffic congestion - by creating the Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) with Senate Bill 976.
• Led a coalition that has engaged regional agencies such as the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to beat back regulations that could threaten smart growth, urban infill and the quality of life in the Bay Area.
• Provided the regional voice of business to the recently approved Sustainable Communities Strategy Performance Targets; ensured that an economic target is included in the targets.
• Helped BART and Port of Oakland to secure full funding and a signed contract to build and operate the Oakland Airport Connector rail link.
• Achieved long-sought objective of using variable toll levels (higher during peak commute; lower during off-peak hours) to reduce traffic delay on the Bay Bridge.
The Transportation & Land Use Committee prioritizes and focuses on sustainable, transportation-oriented, strategic smart growth to ensure future regional competitiveness of the Bay Area. The Committee advances and influences the development, approval, and execution of a coherent set of local and regional land use and transportation plans, state and federal legislation, and public and private projects that ensure a livable, sustainable, and prosperous future for Bay Area residents and employers.
The Urban Development Working Group (UDWG) works to formulate an Urban Development plan to restart Bay Area real estate investment and development. Smart, effective urban infill planning and development is integral to future growth in the Bay Area and to mitigate the effects of global warming. Unfortunately, there are currently policies in place that hinder smart growth and urban development. The UDWG is an influential group of developers, investors, bankers and brokers, working to establish our priorities to stimulate urban infill and promote strategic land use policies.
The Transportation Funding Subcommittee addresses transportation funding at the federal, state, regional, and local levels. The Subcommittee supports and seeks funding for specific Bay Area Council high-priority projects (such as High Speed Rail, BART to San Jose, and BART rail car replacement). The Subcommittee also supports and seeks reliable and robust ongoing streams of transportation funding that allow local and regional agencies to plan and deliver complex packages of transportation improvements.
Vice President, Public Policy
March 28, 2011
February 2-3, 2010