For the first time in its history, San Francisco youth will be able to travel to and from school, work, after-school programs and other activities throughout the city for free.
A vote by the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency board (SFMTA) on Wednesday to approve the Free Muni for Low-Income Youth means that the cost of public transit no longer will be a barrier to opportunity for young people in San Francisco.
For the past two years, youth and transit advocates tirelessly fought to transform the free Muni program from an idea into a reality.
Yes on VV
MAYBE YOU'VE HEARD the expression "Half the battle is showing up." We all know it's true, especially for school success, and public transportation plays a key role in San Leandro students' academic achievement.
Members of Labor, Congregations Organizing for Renewal, other residents, Urban Habitat and representatives from many of our allies, including EBASE, TALC, EBHO, and UC-Berkeley's Center for Community Innovation packed San Leandro City Council chambers so full that there was standing room only by the time the meeting began.
The Transportation Justice Working Group (TJWG) has been fighting for a shift in our region’s transportation strategies: away from widening highways and costly, inefficient rail projects that divert scarce resources from more cost-efficient bus service. We are also promoting community health over diesel-powered freight movement. We are asking for an equitable transportation system that provides all communities with reliable, affordable transportation choices and clean air and safe streets.
In order to have a region-wide impact, the TJWG is working to convince the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to prioritize the transportation needs of low-income communities and communities of color, those least served and most burdened by our current transportation system. The MTC is the regional governmental body which coordinates transportation planning and funding for the entire 9-county Bay Area.
Governor's $1.1 Billion in Proposed Transit Cuts Contradict State Goals to Improve Transit Infrastructure
Prior to the adoption of the remaining two principles, the MTC had directed staff to perform an equity analysis. The TJWG has been actively involved and engaged in this analysis process, recommending alternative methodologies essential to viewing equity from multiple perspectives. The latter two principles are scheduled for a discussion and potentially a vote at the next Legislation Commission meeting scheduled for January 12th, 2007. We encourage organizations/individuals to write letters of support for the remaining two EJ principles ahead of this meeting, and will provide talking points for interested parties.
TransitWorks! wins victory for Bay Area Transit
On June 30, the 2007 budget that includes a transportation package was signed into law by the Governor. This package brings an additional $137 million in funding for Bay Area transit and paratransit operators! Thanks to the many activists from around the region who made phone calls to the Governor and the efforts of the 26 TransitWorks! members from Urban Habitat and TALC, who went to Sacramento, and who were among the first to alert dozens of legislators about the spillover issue. The budget reverses six years of funding grabs from public transit and establishes a precedent for so-called "spillover" funds to be rightfully used for public transit. A 1971 law states that when revenues from the gas tax rise more rapidly than other taxed items the additional spillover revenue must go exclusively to mass transit. Next year, TALC will work with legislators to permanently protect the spillover.