Over the weekend, a funeral procession emerged from Civic Center station to draw attention to the fiscal crisis many Bay Area transit agencies are now facing.
Coffins containing BART, Muni, Caltrain and AC Transit replicas were carried to San Francisco City Hall by transit supporters gathered to advocate for state funding. Funeral attendees placed flowers on the coffins of the transit vehicles, and speakers addressed the crowd, including state Sen. Scott Wiener and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
Without state funding, California's transit agencies are facing a fiscal cliff. The region needs buses, trains and ferries — 700,000 residents depend on transit each day.
MTC has recommended options for funding sources, including Cap & Trade proceeds, additional highway funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, diesel sales tax revenue, and a limited-time vehicle registration surcharge the Legislature could use to fund transit without impacting the state’s budget deficit.
Photos by Karl Nielsen.