Bay Area Transportation Working Group (BATWG): An Open Letter to Silicon Valley

Bay Area hi-technology companies are being panned in the New York Times and elsewhere for failing to apply their high tech and management skills to benefit the areas in the proximity of their campuses. Nowhere is this more evident than in the traffic agonies surrounding Silicon Valley. In fact, Southbay and Peninsula cities are now talking of imposing payroll and gross receipt taxes on hi-tech companies to help pay for public sector efforts to alleviate Southbay transportation problems…..the very same problems that the public sector has failed to address effectively for decades.
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Improving AC Transit’s Overall Bus Operation

Improving AC Transit’s Overall Bus Operation: Since 2000 AC Transit’s ridership has declined substantially and remains under 200,000 riders a day (about a fourth of Muni’s ridership) when it should be attracting at least 325,000 riders a day. Is this possible? Yes, but it will take some changes at AC. Some of the routes are fine; others are unnecessarily meandering and hard to use. AC’s maps are notoriously hard to read and AC’s PR program leaves a lot to be desired. For one thing, instead of focusing on how its buses are fueled, AC Transit should be helping its riders and would-be riders to use its system efficiently and it should be singing the praises of its “Next Bus” ap, which is making bus travel much easier and more convenient. See BATWG’s Proposed Improvements for AC Transit.

Upgrading the Capitol Corridor Train Service

Once in a while a project comes along that warrants special attention, respect and  support.  The planned upgrading of the high quality Capitol Corridor passenger rail service  that runs from 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 to be used to execute the project.

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BATWG’s Program for AC Transit

The following thoughts about AC Transit are based upon a letter sent to AC Transit on November 15, 2017

AC Transit vehicles should get transit-first priority treatment wherever and whenever needed to ensure that bus loads of riders don’t get bogged down in traffic congestion. In addition, certain other changes must be made to bring AC’s transbay ridership and total ridership up to par. Continue reading