Transportation is the lifeblood of any economy. COVID-19 and the call to address persistent racial injustice may have forever changed the way the Bay Area moves. In light of this moment, we are working with public, community and business stakeholders to address and understand these changes, develop new funding sources, promote efficient use of the transportation systems we have, and provide better, more equitable, outcomes for everyone.
Racial Justice: Our region’s transportation system is key to furthering racial justice in our communities. Often, low-income communities and communities of color are transit-dependent, but live far from regional systems that can more efficiently connect workers to the region’s jobs centers. Additionally, many of the transportation investments our region has made have disproportionately impacted low-income communities and communities of color, creating adverse environmental and health impacts without benefiting these same communities. The Bay Area Council’s transportation policy agenda will establish actions to address this injustice.
COVID-19: Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 our region’s transportation system has been devastated as revenues collected from rider fares, taxes, bridge tolls, and other sources that fund the upkeep and expansion of our system have steeply declined. As the region recoups from the impact of COVID-19, investing in our mass transit systems, network of highways, and roads and bridges will be key to our economic recovery and future development.
- Helped secure federal funds to support our region’s transportation system in response to COVID-19
- Provided thought leadership as part of MTC’s Blue Ribbon Transit Recovery Task Force to guide recovery of the Bay Area
- Developed COVID-19 response strategies to shape the future of safe and efficient transportation programs throughout the Bay Area
- Convened public transit leaders and private transportation providers throughout the Bay Area to develop regional short-term and long-term response to COVID-19
- Worked with SF Mayor’s Office and transportation providers to analyze shelter-in-place order and inform regionwide thought leadership on transportation through BACEI report “Trends in Bay Area Mobility in the Wake of Regional and Statewide Stay-at-Home Orders”
- Successfully worked with Caltrans to accelerate road projects to minimize disruption
- Supported $9 million WETA grant for an all-electric zero-emission passenger ferry to run service between Mission Bay and Downtown San Francisco
2020 Policy Activities
- Shape MTCs Plan Bay Area 2050 long term planning, ensuring efficiency, innovation, flexibility, and public-private partnerships are core strategies
- Secure CEQA streamlining for transportation projects that meet environmental standards and improve air quality and health outcomes
- Urge MTC and Bay Area counties to use changing landscape to create a seamless and integrated 21st century transit system, including exploring implementing means-based fares across all transit agencies
- Promote carpooling as a safe and cost-effective solution to getting employees to work
- Lead working group of public and private ferry operators to plan for COVID-19 response and future planning
- Develop framework to launch hovercraft services in the Bay Area and convene ferry operators to develop a strategic plan
- Guide and support local, regional and state governments and agencies to advance smart deployment of electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles
- Lead campaign for future FASTER Bay Area regional transportation measure and continue policy reforms relevant to COVID-19 in the next year
- Organize and activate the Northern California megaregion to promote solutions and investments that improve housing, transportation, and support economic development throughout the 21-county region
Transportation Committee and Subcommittees: the committee and subcommittees listed below are open to all members. Please engage with us as we work to solve the region’s transportation challenges. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our upcoming events.
Transportation Committee Co-Chairs:
Darlene Gee, Senior Vice President, HNTB
Michael Matthews, Public Policy Director, Facebook
Chris Rivielle, President and CEO, Plant Construction
Autonomous Vehicle Subcommittee Co-Chairs:
John McClure, Partner, Greentech Capital Advisors
Nadia Anderson, Government Relations, Cruise Automation
Water Transit Subcommittee Co-Chairs:
Dana Aftab, External Vice President, Business Operations, Exelixis
Rosanne Foust, President & CEO, SAMCEDA
Heather Salem, Senior Transportation Program Manager, Genentech
Past Meeting Resources & Presentations
CEQA Reform: SB 288
The Bay Area Council is partnering with SPUR and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in advocating for SB 288 (Wiener) to speed up a wide range of bicycle, complete street and public transit projects, which would help accelerate our economic recovery from COVID-19 by creating jobs and connecting more people to economic opportunity, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Planning Cities in a Post-Covid World by Sam Schwartz
Transportation Committee Meeting, April 28, 2020