2017 Transportation Equity Summit

Come together with advocates, experts, state leaders, students, and community groups from across the state at the 2017 Transportation Equity Summit. This year’s summit will focus on connecting state transportation funding to concrete goals that both fight climate change and promote social equity. The Summit is April 24 in Sacramento, with an advocacy day in the capitol the following day. Register today!

Provide Feedback for Development of CalTrans District 4 (Bay Area) Bicycle Plan

Caltrans is developing a Bicycle Plan for the Bay Area district to improve bicycling on and across the State-owned transportation network. Take a moment to complete a brief survey for the Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Plan. This survey is one of the opportunities to help shape the bicycle network in your local community and the Bay Area region. The District 4 Bicycle Plan builds on the goals and objectives being developed in the policy-level California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, with specific projects and strategies for the State transportation network in District 4.

VTA to Discuss Measure B Funding

The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will hold meetings next week to discuss funding plans for Measure B, the half-cent sales tax measure that was passed by voters last November. Collection of the tax begins April 1 and  is anticipated to generate over $6 billion.

The Bicycle & Pedestrian Program will be discussed at:

  • VTA’s Technical Advisory Committee (2/8, 1:30 pm,  VTA River Oaks Campus, 3331 North First Street, Conference Room B-106),
  • VTA’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (2/8, 6:30 pm at VTA Conference Room B-106, 3331 North First Street, San Jose, CA),
  • VTA’s Policy Advisory Committee (2/9, 4:00 pm, VTA River Oaks Campus, 3331 North First Street, Conference Room B-104).

Information on the Bicycle & Pedestrian Program can be found here.

 

MTC & Fresno COG Announce Regional ATP Awards

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced its regional ATP award list. MTC received 61 applications totaling about $166 million in response to the Regional ATP Call for Projects. Staff recommends fully funding 13 projects and partially funding one project for a total of $22.2 million. Of the 14 projects, 7 are Safe Routes to School-related, and 9 are under $1 million. 94% of funds benefit communities of concern. 79% of funds benefit SRTS-related projects. MTC’s Programming and Allocations Committee approved the recommendations, with full Commission approval expected on January 25. Between the Statewide and Regional ATP, every Bay Area county received at least one project from Cycle 3.

Fresno COG also released their Regional draft project list. Fresno COG also released their Regional draft project list. It is slated for $2.7 million total – 5 projects were proposed to be funded, 2 of them SRTS-related.

Plan Bay Area Update Advances as Advocates Weigh In

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) at a joint planning and administrative committee meeting advanced a preferred land use scenario toward the development of Plan Bay Area 2040. The Preferred Scenario represents a regional pattern of household and employment growth by the year 2040, and includes a corresponding transportation investment strategy.

The scenario fails to achieve the physical activity and health goals set by MTC and ABAG staff. The Healthy and Safe Communities target is a decrease in negative health impacts of 10%. The scenario falls far short of that goal, only decreasing negative health impacts by 1%.

A letter from thirteen organizations expressed concern about the failure to get anywhere near our regional goals related to safety, health, and active transportation. The letter calls on MTC to increase investments in programs like Safe Routes to School, Spare the Air Youth, and to support our regional trail system and green infrastructure. It also calls on MTC to increase its staffing levels related to active transportation.

Now the preferred scenario will be heard by the MTC Commission and ABAG Executive Board for adoption at a joint November 17 meeting. This final scenario will form the foundation for Plan Bay Area 2040, slated for adoption in 2017.

 

Weigh in on California’s First Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

CalTrans is developing the first statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan. CalTrans is currently conducting outreach to partners and the public to collect input on the potential vision, goals, objectives, and strategies for the Plan. You can provide your input into this stage of the plan by completing a survey on the plan’s website. Weigh in to ensure your active transportation priorities are addressed, and that the state moves forward on a plan that promotes walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School for all ages and income groups.

Plan Bay Area Preferred Scenario Released

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) released a draft preferred land use scenario toward the development of Plan Bay Area 2040. The Draft Preferred Scenario represents a regional pattern of household and employment growth by the year 2040, and includes a corresponding transportation investment strategy.

The Draft Preferred Scenario will be presented at several public meetings, before the MTC Commission and ABAG Executive Board adopt a final preferred scenario at a joint November 2016 meeting. This final scenario will form the foundation for Plan Bay Area 2040, slated for final adoption in 2017.

Public comments on the Draft Preferred Scenario should be submitted by October 14 to MTC via email at info@mtc.ca.gov.

None of the scenarios assessed by MTC and ABAG staff achieve the physical activity and health goals set by MTC. The Healthy and Safe Communities target is a decrease in negative health impacts of 10%. All scenarios assessed fall far short of that goal, with the draft preferred scenario only decreasing negative health impacts by 1%. (The 1% figure is still the best of any of the scenarios assessed.)

 

 

 

MTC Supports Increased Funding for Climate Change Education

The Administration Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) voted on June 8 to reauthorize funding for the Spare the Air Youth (STAY) program, while directing MTC staff to pursue ways to increase funding even further.

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Tommy Bensko of the Bay Area Bike Mobile, and Kerri Heusler of Street Smarts Diablo 511 Contra Costa

 

STAY provides education on climate change and active transportation to Bay Area youth, including family bicycle workshops, mobile repair of bicycles in schools, high school Safe Routes to School, an annual youth and sustainability conference, and more. An evaluation found that STAY succeeded in reaching more than 30,000 students throughout the region, repairing more than 7,000 bicycles, and leading to a 22% average mode shift.

The program began with $3 million in 2009, and there was concern MTC would not continue any of the funding. Finally, a proposal was put forth by MTC staff to continue funding for a subset of grantees at $660,000 – a massive cut.

Bay Area organizations including the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, East Bay Bike, the Bay Area Bike Mobile, Ybike, the Center for Climate Protection, and 511 Contra Costa joined the National Partnership in providing testimony to the committee in support of the program.

The testimony made a significant impact. Virtually every commissioner present including MTC Chair Dave Cortese, Jason Baker, Mark Luce, Amy Rein Worth, Jake Mackenzie, Dorene M. Giacopini, and Scott Haggerty spoke in favor of expanded funding for the program. Scott Wiener moved to adopt the proposal with the direction of committee chair Adrienne Tissier that staff identify funding sources to increase the program. MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger expressed that he would work to find ways to address the commissioners’ sentiments. Advocates will work with MTC on continued progress to support vital non-infrastructure programs such as this.

MTC to Hold Plan Bay Area Open Houses

In May and June, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will hold a series of open houses in each of the region’s nine counties to inform and hear comments on Plan Bay Area, the area’s Regional Transportation Plan.

Attend to learn about and comment on the three land use and transportation scenarios developed to inform the update of the region’s long-range transportation and housing plan, known as Plan Bay Area 2040. Your voice will contribute to the selection of a preferred scenario, which is slated to be approved by the Association of Bay Area Government’s (ABAG) Executive Board and MTC in September 2016.

Your participation can help ensure that Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, and active transportation are prioritized. Find more information and the open house schedule here.

 

MTC Releases ATP Regional Cycle 3 Call for Projects and Workshops

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has released its call for projects for the Regional ATP Cycle 3. ATP Cycle 3 will cover FY 2019-20 and FY 2020-21, and $20 million is available for projects in the nine counties of the Bay Area through the regional pot. This is in addition to the statewide ATP, which Bay Area projects can also compete for.

In order to be eligible for both Statewide and Regional ATP, applicants must submit the statewide application to Caltrans and both the statewide and regional supplemental applications to MTC by the June 15 deadline. Information on the regional guidelines can be found here.

MTC will also host a series of workshops throughout the Bay Area in May to provide information to potential applicants. More information can be found at the bottom of this page.

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