Senate Bill 1 (SB 1)

Meetings

Preview of 7/13 Meetings: MTC Standing Committees – “Diesel Free by ‘33” Initiative, 3 Pieces of State Legislation

The interior of the board meeting room at the Bay Area Metro Center.
Noah Berger

Three MTC standing committee meetings are scheduled for Friday, July 13 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center. Here are links to the full agendas and meeting packets:

Read on for the highlights; tune in live to the meetings on Friday from our Live Webcasts page; and bookmark the main Meetings page to keep up with all MTC meetings. Read More

ABAG

Highlights from the Spring 2018 ABAG General Assembly

Nearly 150 attendees from local governments throughout the nine county San Francisco Bay Area attended the ABAG Spring 2018 General Assembly and Business Meeting on May 31, 2018.

The General Assembly brings together ABAG’s member towns, cities and counties once a year to review and approve the Associations’s budget and work program for the coming fiscal year, as well as to discuss urgent policy issues facing the region.

The overarching theme of this year’s program was resilience. Major topics covered included recovery lessons from the North Bay Wildfires, adaptation strategies for floods and sea level rise, earthquake preparedness, and energy programs.

The 2018 General Assembly agenda is available online and key materials, handouts and presentations are available on ABAG’s website. Keep reading to find out more! Read More

Meetings

Preview of 6/8 MTC Standing Committee Meetings: Autonomous Vehicles, Primary Election Results, and Much More

The exterior entrance of the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco.
Noah Berger

Update: Video recordings of these meetings are now available.


Three of MTC’s standing committees will meet starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 8, at the Bay Area Metro Center. Highlights include a preview of a new report on autonomous vehicles, proposed action on two pieces of housing-related state legislation, updates on this week’s state primary election, and federal legislation and funding updates. Read on for links to everything, and tune in live to the meetings on Friday from our Live Webcasts page. Read More

Funding

Bay Area Receives $38 Million in State Funding to Rehabilitate and Modernize Transit Systems

Rapid Bus

Here’s more good news for transportation in California and the Bay Area:

Caltrans announced [last week] the recipients of $105 million in State of Good Repair (SGR) program funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), money that will provide capital assistance to local governments and agencies to rehabilitate and modernize California’s existing local transit systems. This program has a specific goal of keeping transit systems in a state of good repair, including the purchase of new transit vehicles and maintenance and rehabilitation of transit facilities and vehicles.

This includes nearly $38 million for 29 projects across the Bay Area for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. This funding for Bay Area transportation is separate from the nearly $2 billion over 10 years in grant awards and grant recommendations for 23 Bay Area projects announced last month from SB 1 competitive grant programs.

Continue reading on to find out which Bay Area projects received funding. Read More

Meetings

Preview of 5/9 MTC Meetings

BAMC entrance

Three MTC Standing Committees will meet at the Bay Area Metro Center on Wednesday, May 9, in addition to a Budget Study Session, a Policy Advisory Council meeting, and a Policy Advisory Council Equity & Access Subcommittee meeting. Read on for a preview of the agenda items for the standing committee meetings.

Tune in live to the meetings on Wednesday from our Live Webcasts page, and bookmark the main Meetings page to read the meeting agendas and keep up with all the meetings happening each week. Read More

MTC

Preview of 2/14 BATA and MTC Meetings

The exterior entrance of the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco.
Noah Berger

Five meetings are scheduled for this Wednesday, February 14, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center: the Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee, the MTC Administration Committee, the MTC Programming & Allocations Committee, the MTC Policy Advisory Council Equity & Access Subcommittee, and the MTC Policy Advisory Council.

Highlights include: the Bay Area Preservation Pilot, a proposed new policy for State Transit Assistance population-based funds, Regional Measure 2, the Transportation Improvement Program, the Regional Means-Based Fare Proposal Update, recent meetings of the California Transportation Commission, and more!

Continue reading on to see more from the agendas and find links to all meeting materials. As always, you can tune in live on MTC's website once meetings are underway. Read More

Transportation

Statewide Coalition to Support State Roads and Protect Local Transportation Improvements Gains Momentum

Bike lane

From the League of California Cities:

As cities and counties throughout California begin hundreds of street and road improvement projects funded through SB 1, [a] broad coalition supporting safer roads and protecting local transportation improvements gains momentum. 

Cities are using these dollars to fill pot holes resurface streets, fix bridges, improve sidewalks, expand bike lanes and more and it is critical that these transportation funds remain protected.

Voters have an opportunity in June to prevent the Legislature from diverting transportation funds with Proposition 69. Supported by the League and the Coalition to Protect Local Transportation, the measure adds constitutional protections to new revenues generated by SB 1 and ensures that these funds can be used only for transportation improvement purposes.

The groups supporting Prop. 69 and opposing any ballot measure to repeal SB 1 comprises a broad Coalition that understand the value of these funds for California’s residents, businesses, cities and counties. Coalition members come from business, labor, local government, transportation advocates and taxpayers.

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MTC-ABAG

Preview of 2/9 Meetings: Joint MTC Planning & ABAG Administrative, MTC Operations, MTC Legislation

The board room of the Bay Area Metro Center.

Three meetings are scheduled for this Friday, February 9, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center: the Joint MTC Planning Committee with the ABAG Administrative Committee, the MTC Operations Committee, and the MTC Legislation Committee. 

Highlights include: an overview of an ambitious new joint agency project called Futures, an update of MTC’s Draft Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan, a report on MTC’s Goods Movement Investment Strategy, an update on efforts to improve traffic operations systems in the I-880 corridor, a discussion of the imminent Regional Measure 3 ballot pamphlet, and an overview of key elements of Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal.

Continue reading on to see more from the agendas and find links to all meeting materials. As always, you can tune in to the meetings live on the MTC website once they are underway. Read More

MTC

Meeting Wrap-Up, 1/24: BATA Approves Regional Measure 3 for June Ballot; MTC Approves New Transportation Program Guidelines; CASA Reviews Housing Strategy Framework

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Noah Berger

Five meetings were held at the Bay Area Metro Center on Wednesday, January 24. The highlight of the morning was the Bay Area Toll Authority meeting, where the Commission unanimously approved a resolution to place Regional Measure 3 on the June 5 ballot in all nine Bay Area counties. If approved by a combined majority of all voters, a sweeping $4.45 billion package of congestion relief projects would be financed by a $1 increase in tolls on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned toll bridges beginning Jan. 1, 2019, followed by a $1 increase in January 2022 and another $1 increase in January 2025. Read more about the measure and the vote on MTC’s website or in the newsWatch a recording of the full BATA meeting here, or download the agenda. Read More

Transportation

(Red and Blue) State Gas Tax Increases Since 1993

State Gas Tax Increases, 1992-2017

January's Map of the Month from MTC and ABAG Executive Director Steve Heminger looks at all the states that have passed legislation to raise their own state gas taxes since the United States Congress last increased the federal gas tax in 1993. As can be seen, a total of 38 states colored dark red and dark blue plus the District of Columbia have all raised state gas taxes, while 12 states colored light red and light blue have not.

From the Executive Director's latest report to the MTC Commission and ABAG Executive Board:

With passage of SB 1 in 2017, California has joined the ranks of 38 states – both red and blue – and the District of Columbia that have stepped up in the face of Congressional inaction and passed legislation to raise their own state gas taxes since Congress last did so in 1993. This map reaffirms that infrastructure investment can, and often does, transcend party lines, or as Norm Mineta used to say:  “There is no such thing as a Democratic bridge or a Republican road.”

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