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Coalition urges free bus passes for students in Bay Area

Organizers said many students face a financial hardship paying for bus fares or passes to ride to and from school.

In the East Bay, AC Transit charges youths $1 per bus ride or $15 for a monthly bus pass, while many other agencies charge more.

Pleasanton housing cap violates law, judge says

PLEASANTON -- Pleasanton's voter-approved cap on the number of residences in the city, a measure intended to limit growth and congestion in the town, violates a state law requiring all cities to take on their share of regional housing needs, an Alameda County judge has ruled.

The ruling is the first by a California judge to require a city to change its zoning to accommodate new housing, said attorney Richard Marcantonio of the nonprofit Public Advocates firm, which represented the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the cap.

Those plaintiffs said Pleasanton was welcoming employees to office parks and other businesses, but forcing other cities to house them.

Pressure builds to save Muni



Widespread frustration with Muni service cuts and fare hikes – passionately expressed by the public on Friday at a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency meeting that continues tomorrow (Tuesday, March 2, starting at noon in City Hall Room 400) – has prompted a surprisingly diverse backlash.

Transit Breakthrough in Restoring Civil Rights

Title VI Complaint by San Francisco Bay Area Coalition Has National Implications

In the first successful action of its kind in the nation Urban Habitat, helped organize a coalition that filed a civil rights complaint to stop $70 million in stimulus funds from being allocated to a $500-billion boondoggle elevated “people-mover” known as the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC). The funds will be shifted to Bay Area transit agencies to help avert service cuts, fare hikes and layoffs that will affect hundreds of thousands of people, as the coalition recommended.

Obama Administration Denies BART $70M in Stimulus Funds Citing Civil Rights Failures

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February 12, 2010

Obama Administration Denies BART $70M in Stimulus Funds, Citing Civil Rights Failures Funds Shift to Bay Area Transit Operations

Federal Transit Administration Chief Peter Rogoff today [February 12]  sent a letter to BART and MTC rejecting BART’s corrective action plan to address Title VI violations found in an investigation prompted by a complaint from civil rights, transportation and environmental advocates. Due to action taken by MTC at its January meeting, the funding will now be reallocated to transit projects across the Bay Area, where it is desperately needed to preserve jobs and transit service.

In the first action of its kind, the Obama Administration has pulled $70 million in federal stimulus funds from a proposed Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) project due to multiple civil rights violations by the Bay Area Rapid Transit district (BART). The strong action underscores a recent promise made in the President’s State of the Union address to continue “prosecuting civil rights violations.”

A paper trail to BART

How the deal fell through: An annotated guide to the Oakland Airport connectorAir BART

 

November 2000 – Alameda County voters approve a sales tax for a list of possible transportation improvements. A new link from the Coliseum BART station to the Oakland International Airport is included in this list. TransForm and other nonprofits begin working with BART on the project.

 

July 2001 – BART completes a draft of the Environmental Impact Statement on a new link from the Coliseum BART station to the Oakland International Airport. BART Proposes a train which would cost $200 million to build, and then $7.3 million annually to operate (by 2020). For comparison, the existing bus service would cost around $2 million to operate annually.

 

March 2002 – BART completes the final Environmental Impact Report. It finds that a train on it’s own dedicated track is the preferred option. The BART board votes to build it.

On Eve of Stimulus Anniversary, Obama Administration Denies Funds Due to Civil Rights Failures

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February 16, 2010
Contact: Wynn Hausser, 650-619-1032

On Eve of Stimulus Anniversary, Obama Administration Denies Funds Due to Civil Rights Failures $70M taken from BART project, Distributed among Bay Area Transit Agencies

San Francisco, CA – In the first action of its kind, the Obama Administration has
pulled $70 million in federal stimulus funds from a proposed Oakland Airport
Connector (OAC) project due to multiple civil rights violations by the Bay Area
Rapid Transit district (BART). The strong action underscores a recent promise
made in the President’s State of the Union address to continue “prosecuting civil
rights violations.”

$70M Transit Breakthrough in Restoring Civil Rights Title VI

In the first successful action of its kind in the nation, Bay Area members of Transit Riders for Public Transportation (TRPT), Public Advocates and Urban Habitat, filed a civil rights complaint to stop $70M in stimulus funds from being allocated to the $500-billion boondoggle rail project, the Oakland Airport Connector project (OAC).

FTA Denies BART $70 Mil For Oakland Airport Connector

bart_generic1.jpg The Federal Transit Administration today denied BART $70 million in federal stimulus money to fund its proposed elevated rail connector between the Coliseum station and Oakland International Airport.

The FTA's decision comes after three advocate groups filed a complaint alleging that BART failed to evaluate whether the project would provide low-income and minority communities with a fair share of the project's benefits.

Obama Administration Threatens to Yank Stimulus Funds Over Civil Rights

For the first time since President Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act a year ago, his administration has threatened to withhold stimulus money from a transit agency because it failed to comply with federal civil rights laws.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) threatened to pull $70 million in stimulus funds from Northern California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system because it failed to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI prohibits agencies that receive federal funds from discriminatory practices.