Transportation

Keeping the Bay Area Moving

Modern transportation systems are the lifeblood of any economy, providing mobility for the workforce, commerce and trade, and connecting people, communities and business. 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.

How we live, work, and move around the region is certain to be different for years after we recover from this crisis. For a region whose geography is defined by the Bay, smart investment in our transportation infrastructure will remain critical. The Bay Area Council is working with public, community and business stakeholders to address these challenges, develop new funding sources and promote new technologies that can help us make better and more efficient use of the transportation systems we have.

Recent Wins

  • Helped secure federal funds for transportation as part of COVID-19 response
  • Provided thought leadership around the region as part of MTC’s Blue Ribbon 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

  • Work with Speaker Pelosi and full congressional delegation to ensure region’s roads, transit systems, and ferries receive federal support
  • Establish process for CEQA streamlining for transit and street projects that meet established environmental standards
  • Urge MTC and counties to use changing landscape to create a seamless and integrated 21st century transit system
  • 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
  • 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

Get Involved! 

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 glitvak@bayareacouncil.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, SAMCEDAh
Heather Salem, Senior Transportation Program Manager, Genentech

 

Past Meeting Resources & Presentations

Planning Cities in a Post-Covid World by Sam Schwartz
Transportation Committee Meeting, April 28, 2020

 

Policy Leads


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Gwendolyn Litvak

Senior Vice President

415-946-8706

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Kelli Fallon

Policy Manager

(415)-946-8734

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Kelly Obranowicz

Policy Manager

(415)-946-8728

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