Modern transportation systems are the lifeblood of any economy, providing mobility for a growing workforce, commerce and trade, and connecting people, communities and business. Investing in our mass transit systems and network of highways, roads and bridges is critical to keeping the Bay Area economy healthy and growing. Since 2016, the Bay Area has invested more than $13 billion to expand and improve our transportation systems. The work is never done. Traffic remains a major challenge for a region whose geography is defined by the Bay. The Bay Area Council is working with many public, community and business stakeholders to address these challenges, develop new funding sources and promoting new technologies that can help us make better and more efficient use of the transportation systems we have.
Coming off the heels of the historic passage of nine-county Regional Measure 3 – a $5.6 billion investment toward traffic congestion relief co-led by the Bay Area Council in 2018 – we’re continuing to advance a transportation system that is well funded, provides convenient local and regional mobility that supports economic progress, and reflects and leverages the spirit of innovation that defines the Bay Area.
- Historic passage of nine-county Regional Measure 3, a $5.6 billion investment toward traffic congestion relief and improving our public transit systems—includes over 30 major infrastructure projects, new BART cars, BART to San Jose, expanding ferry service, and improvements to critical regional rail systems.
- Secured funding for Caltrain and Highway 101 improvements by helping shape the expenditure plan in the San Mateo transportation sales tax measures.
- Pushing for innovative water transit like smaller ferries and hovercraft to expand transportation and new routes on the Bay more quickly and economically.
- Connecting the Megaregion: mobilized economic and political leaders for rail changes and improvements needed to connect the megaregion.
2019 Policy Activities
- Co-leading largest regional measure in Bay Area history — FASTER Bay Area: a $100 billion, once-in-a-generation, regional measure to make the Bay Area’s transportation system seamless, faster, reliable and predictable
- Bring new mobility companies together to develop alternative commute modes and expand transportation demand management programs throughout the Bay Area
- Guide and support WETA and private operators towards a robust ferry system expansion and introduction of hovercraft services
- Provide a path for local governments and agencies to facilitate effective operation of advanced transportation services, especially electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles
- Organize and activate the megaregion to promote solutions and investments that improve housing, transportation, and support economic development throughout the 23-county region
- Establish sub-regional transportation management associations throughout the Bay Area to merge public and private dollars to reduce congestion in major employment centers
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.
FASTER: Interested is supporting the campaign and sharing your ideas for an integrated Bay Area? Visit FASTER Bay Area.
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
Heather Salem, Senior Transportation Program Manager, Genentech
Rosanne Foust, President & CEO, SAMCEDA