The Bay Area Transportation Working Group (BATWG) is an all volunteer organization formed in 2012 to keep up with and respond to ongoing Bay Area transportation issues and events.
Our primary objective is to find ways of easing regional traffic congestion by improving the reliability and general appeal of the Region’s passenger rail and bus systems. BATWG is dedicated to working with like-minded groups to bring about these needed changes.
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BATWG Opposes Regional Measure 3
In an economically dynamic region like the Bay Area the ability to get around is paramount. Yet in recent years the movement of people and goods in this region has been slowing down. The highway backups have been getting worse and the hours of delay longer. Urban traffic congestion has been getting ever more constrictive.
In the past 25 years there have been many opportunities to deal effectively with regional gridlock. These opportunities have been largely ignored. Instead, billions of dollars of scarce transportation resources have been lavished on backward-looking highway expansions and ill-conceived parochial and pet projects, mostly of small consequence.
Regional Measure 3 (RM3) will be on the June 5, 2018 ballot. For the following reasons BATWG rejects RM3 as being just more of the same. Read More Here.
Upgrading the Capitol Corridor Train Service
Once in a while a project comes along that warrants special attention, respect and strong support. The planned upgrading of the Capitol Corridor passenger rail line that runs between Auburn via Sacramento and Oakland to San Jose is such a project. On April 26, 2018, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) received notification from the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) that it had received $80,340,000 in State grants from Senate Bill 1 and the Cap and Trade program. Read more about this well thought out passenger rail improvement.
SF Board of Supervisors Asked to Call the SFMTA to Account
Below is a letter sent by Save Muni to SF’s elected Board of Supervisors on May 4, 2018. Save Muni calls on the Supervisors to exercise a stronger and more effective fiscal control over San Francisco’s 6,000 person Municipal Transportation Agency and its 2019/2020 Budget. Read more here.