Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Thursday, July 31 2014 was another historic day for Six Wins region-wide advocacy. 

A diverse group of transit riders, faith leaders, youth, policy experts, public health representatives, and other everyday Bay Area residents gathered at the Alameda County Public Health Dept at 8am, trained together in advocacy, public speaking, and communications, and then fanned out across all 9 Bay Area counties to meet and educate every member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

We met our regional agency representatives face-to-face and asked them to dedicate more resources to running more transit service, fulfilling what they had promised last year in the creation of Plan Bay Area. Each commissioner heard their constituents personally express the message in our June 2014 sign on letter, excerpted below.

The day was a great success--stay tuned for our stories, pictures, and reflections!

June 30, 2014 
Amy Worth, Chair and Commissioners 
Metropolitan Transportation Commission 
Re: Implementing Plan Bay Area’s Strategy for Expanding Transit Service 

Dear Chair Worth and Commissioners: 

We believe strongly that good regional planning can improve the lives and health of Bay 
Area residents across the income spectrum, enhance our economy, and protect our 
environment. We demonstrated our commitment by engaging constructively in the 
regional planning process. We worked with you to develop Plan Bay Area, and we 
supported you in adopting it on July 18, 2013. 
We remain equally committed to seeing the Plan implemented, especially in ways that 
maximize health and equity benefits in our most disadvantaged communities. 
One particular provision of Plan Bay Area that we strongly support promised that: 
“[P]romptly after adoption of the plan, MTC will work with the region's operators 
and other stakeholders to develop a plan to address the gap in funding for transit 
capital replacement and rehabilitation needs, and to expand the funding available 
to support future increases in transit service.” (Plan Bay Area, p. 89.) 


It is a fundamental premise of both Plan Bay Area and SB 375 that increased transit 
service and ridership can lead to significant reductions in GHG emissions. It will also 
provide a range of important benefits for our economy, for the environment and public 
health, and for low-income families, youth, seniors and people with disabilities. 
The local bus service on which low-income riders depend most is particularly in need of 
new operating revenue. While it accounts for two-thirds of all transit boardings in the Bay 
Area today, Plan Bay Area projects that only a quarter of the service increases in coming 
years will be on local bus routes. 


Now is the time to ensure that a strong program is in place to draw increased funding to transit operations improvements. We look forward to working with you and staff to promptly and faithfully implement this important provision of Plan Bay Area. 

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