By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor : Eastbayexpress.com – excerpt
Saying that the AC Transit board needs “progressive leadership,” Bartlett lists her three top issues as reducing emissions, improving labor protections, and increasing ridership. In her official ballot statement, she stated that “AC Transit is in crisis. Fares are up while service has declined. Aging buses contribute to poor air quality and some of the highest child asthma rates in the state.” She promises to “champion clean, renewable energy facilities and equipment that reduce pollution and global warming” and to “focus on data-driven budget solutions and improve effectiveness of transit service while respecting the rights of AC Transit workers.”
When asked in a phone interview how she could accomplish those goals in an era of budget problems for the transit district, Bartlett said she would focus on removing inefficiencies and soliciting additional funds from the Bay Area’s regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the federal Department of Transportation, and by “renegotiating the district’s debt terms with banks so that we can decrease the yearly debt-service payment.” Bartlett said that she was “not in favor of cutting bus service” as AC Transit has been doing for the past several years as a cost-savings measure, and only saw such actions as a “last resort.”… (more)
Contrast that method with the following idea
Daily Journal staff report – excerpt
Transit district explores tax Budget and service cuts, fare increases and even increasing ridership will not be enough to bridge the San Mateo County Transit District’s ongoing structural deficit so officials with the agency are exploring whether it should go straight to the voters to ask for additional support.
If a ballot measure is judged necessary, district staff is recommending a potential vote in 2014, the next general election, according to a staff report.
What form the tax or fee will take or whether it will be a three-county vote to support Caltrain has yet to be determined, since it has no dedicated funding source… (more)