The unelected bureaucracies that keep us stuck in traffic

By Jackie Lavalleye : californiapolicycenter – excerpt … In December 1991, the role of the Associations of Governments was expanded by passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. This law provided more power over planning to metropolitan areas; thereby, increasing the authority of metropolitan planning organizations over transportation-related activities. In short, every … More The unelected bureaucracies that keep us stuck in traffic

Wiener Drives Forward Highway Safety Bill

By Nuala Sawyer : sfweekly – excerpt A new Senate bill draws attention to state highways disguised as city streets — like Van Ness Avenue, pictured above — and examines how to make them safer for everyone…  In San Francisco, several highways disguise themselves as neighborhood streets. Van Ness Avenue and the western half of Lombard … More Wiener Drives Forward Highway Safety Bill

Planners keep pushing the bogus concept of transit-centered housing

By Dick Spotswood : marinij – excerpt Regional governments tout the benefits of so-called transit-centered housing. The concept is at the heart of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s CASA (Committee to House the Bay Area) compact and San Francisco Democrat Sen. Scott Wiener’s new Senate Bill 50. Superficially, it appears logical that people living in high-density … More Planners keep pushing the bogus concept of transit-centered housing

Let’s Declare January MTC Awareness Month!

from nine-county-coalition – excerpt The Bay Area’s MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission) looks really good on paper. It has an attractive website rich with information, it has the support of potent organizations such as SPUR and the Bay Area Council, and since its hostile takeover of ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) MTC holds the transportation … More Let’s Declare January MTC Awareness Month!

National Academies Report Demands $70 Billion In Highway Tolls, Taxes

excerpted from the NMA E-Newsletter #521 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on Thursday released a report saying motorists ought to pay up to $70 billion in higher taxes and tolls every year. The 650 page document laid out the conventional argument of transportation officials who insist that drivers simply are not paying … More National Academies Report Demands $70 Billion In Highway Tolls, Taxes

Finally, a crackdown on misuse of taxpayer money

By Dan Walters : pasadenastarnews – excerpt The FPPC voted unanimously to impose a $7,500 fine on BART for failing to report its spending on a bond issue as a campaign contribution. It also asked the attorney general and Bay Area district attorneys to prosecute the transit district for violating the law prohibiting the use … More Finally, a crackdown on misuse of taxpayer money

10 challenges that will define cities in 2019

By Patrick Sisson : curbed – excerpt From homelessness and housing to big tech and budgets, the forces shaping urbanism in the coming year. Here are 10 big issues expected to play oversized roles in shaping the story of cities in 2019. The elimination of single-family zoning and parking minimums How far will the scooter invasion … More 10 challenges that will define cities in 2019

Housing-Transportation Slipt in the State Senate

Via email from Calmatters: HOUSING-TRANSPORTATION SPLIT: A powerful California senator instrumental in the rejection of a disputed proposal last year to strip cities of land use powers near public transit stops will no longer have the housing portfolio in his Senate committee, possibly opening a path for controversial legislation that would hasten dense housing developments … More Housing-Transportation Slipt in the State Senate

Will CEQA Test Boring Co.’s Transit Projects?

By Kelsi Maree Borland : globest – excerpt The Boring Co. has canceled its plans to build a transit line along the 405 freeway, and CEQA challenges could be one of the firm’s obstacles. The Boring Co. has big ambitions to dramatically change Los Angeles’ nearly nonexistent transit network—but that objective may prove to be … More Will CEQA Test Boring Co.’s Transit Projects?

Ambitious plan to ease Bay Area housing crunch draws heat, but passes

By Rachel Swan : sfchronicle – excerpt It was supposed to be a fairly smooth sign-off on an ambitious plan to stanch the Bay Area’s housing crisis. Instead, Wednesday’s meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission became a taut showdown. While a panel of mayors, transit officials and business leaders vigorously defended their proposal to build … More Ambitious plan to ease Bay Area housing crunch draws heat, but passes