Bay Area Leaders Speak Out for Active Transportation Funding

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition provided comments (view our letter by clicking here) on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s recent revision of the One Bay Area Grant.

Our comments made recommendations related to:

  • Safe Routes to School
  • Complete Streets
  • PDA Proximate Access
  • Data Collection and Modeling

Our recommendations will help MTC to achieve greenhouse gas emissions reductions, safety improvements, equity and improved transportation choices that support public health.

The next big meeting of the MTC is on the morning of March 9th—this will be the meeting when the Planning Committee will vote to approve the $250 million OneBayArea Grant. 

The commissioners need to hear from us! Reach out to MTC Commissioners and ABAG Admin. Committee members. We need to urge the commissioners to contact MTC staff to express our concerns.

The main points to address are the following:

  • We oppose the proposed reduction in Safe Routes to School funding from $17 million to $10 million. Funding should be fully restored to $17 million.
  • Don’t open the door to funding road rehabilitation projects that “provide proximate access” to Priority Development Areas (PDAs). We want MTC to develop criteria for what development in “proximate access” to a PDA would mean to ensure that this “flexible” policy enables MTC to meet climate goals.

Mark your calendars: We’ll be discussing the OneBayArea grant on a conference call on Wednesday, February 15 from 9am – 10am. The call will be the kick off meeting of the Healthy Transportation Network — Bay Area, a new collaboration of advocates, community members, health professionals, and planning experts from across the Bay Area, spearheaded by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and TransForm.  Please register now by going to the following link.

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