Mass transit study seeks solutions to traffic in Bay Area

EL CERRITO >> A study to evaluate mass transit alternatives to the automobile-saturated Interstate 80 corridor has been put out to bid by the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee.

The WCCTAC board unanimously approved a request for proposals earlier this month to evaluate several transit options, including express buses, ferries and wBART, an extension of BART to northwestern Contra Costa County. The goal is to come up with the best high-capacity alternative, or combination of alternatives, to automobiles along the I-80 corridor from the Alameda County line to the Carquinez Bridge, according to a WCCTAC staff report. That stretch includes parts of Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Pinole, Hercules, Rodeo and Crockett.

I-80 between Highway 4 and the Bay Bridge has consistently placed in the top five most congested travel corridors in the region, but has not received a fair share of regional transit investments, BART District 7 Director Zakhary Mallett, who has championed a study since his successful election campaign in 2012, noted in a news release.

“This study is an important first step to bringing long-overdue relief to this heavily trafficked corridor,” Mallett said…. (more)

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County transportation authority encourages public feedback for five-year plan: The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is crafting its new five-year strategic plan and wants to hear from Peninsula residents about the transit and infrastructure issues most important to them.
The agency is responsible for administering Measure A funds, which come from a half-cent sales tax approved by voters and earmarked for transportation programs and projects across the county. In a series of town hall-style meetings this month, the agency is encouraging residents to provide input to determine how it will allocate those funds during the next five years.
When county voters re-authorized Measure A in 2004, they also approved the Transportation Expenditure Plan, which guided the transportation authority’s allocation of funds in its previous five-year plans… (more)

Few Alternatives For Commuters Ahead Of Possible BART Strike

By Tim Ryan : cbslocal.com – excpert

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Bay Area Rapid Transit’s unionized employees will meet on Tuesday to vote for a strike authorization that could lead to a walkout within a week. The result, transit officials said, would become a regional transportation emergency that will have commuters looking for alternatives of which there are few…
“It’s unused seats in people’s cars that can provide the capacity that make up for 400,000 lost BART trips,” he said… (more)

But where will those cars park?

This is the perfect storm that many of us have been dreading that will prove the point that the public transit system IS NOT READY to replace cars. People cannot walk and bike to work from all over the bay. BART, AC transit, and Caltrans are all at capacity.

SFMTA spends millions of dollars on PR to try to convince the world that SF has the answer to traffic management and everyone should buy their program.

This week may prove our point that removal of parking spaces is premature, at a time when the County Transportation Authority is weighing which transit projects to finance. We hope they will NOT finance Masonic and Second Street “improvements” at this time.

Question: Will Muni add back the lines they took out during the “slow months” while the students are on vacation?