A major shift from cars to public transportation is essential for the climate and for economic and environmental justice. But a coalition of public transportation advocates warns that some new Bay Area transportation funds could be diverted from transit to widening highways.
The transit advocacy organization TransForm is asking people to send a message to state legislators on Valentine’s Day, encouraging them to “break up our dysfunctional relationship with highways and fall in love with transit.”
“TransForm and our allies have worked with the [Metropolitan Transportation Commission] to craft language for a regional funding measure to give the Bay Area a clean, reliable public transportation system that will serve all residents. The measure includes funding for vital transit operations, planning to climate-proof our transportation networks, biking and walking improvements, and much-needed road repair. However, at the last minute, staff suggested allowing the funds raised by the measure to be used for highway widening projects.”