VISION AND PRINCIPLES

Voices for Public Transportation
Vision and Principles for a Bay Area Regional Transportation Measure
December 2019

Vision Statement

Freedom of movement is a human right. As people who live, work, and travel in the Bay Area, we know that increased funding to our transportation system is essential for the health and wellness of our communities, environment, and economy. 

Despite being part of the fifth-largest economy in the world, our transportation system is increasingly characterized by gridlock, pollution, and minimum-wage jobs.

Our vision is that residents - regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ability - enjoy accessible transportation options that reliably, affordably, and conveniently get us where we need to go around the region. We have the power to do this by passing a game-changing regional funding measure that will enhance our freedom of movement, while at the same time creating good-paying green union jobs, and contributing to a clean and healthy environment by reducing car trips and carbon emissions.

 

PRINCIPLES

Advance Mobility, Jobs, and Climate Goals

We prioritize cost-effective investments that move more people around the region with fewer cars, create good-paying green union jobs, and reduce carbon emissions.

Create a Sustainable, World-Class, and Coordinated System

Our investments should significantly support everyday transit operations through frequent and reliable service and by moving people on our existing networks, while also supporting regional connections and long-term solutions that connect all residents.

Support Healthy and Stable Communities

Our investments should support resilient and thriving neighborhoods, while avoiding displacement and other harms to vulnerable residents.

Promote Social Equity

Our investments should provide people with disabilities, seniors, and lower-income residents with dignified, reliable, and affordable transportation options and provide them with good-paying union jobs.

Ensure Fair Funding Streams

Responsibility for funding the next generation of transportation investments should come from those with the ability to pay and not burden small businesses and low-income residents.

Prioritize Democratic Community Engagement

Community residents should give input at all stages of the process and project development and their feedback should be meaningfully incorporated.

 

INDIVIDUALS WHO PARTICIPATED IN CRAFTING THIS STATEMENT

 

THEA SELBY

SF Transit Riders

BOB ALLEN

Urban Habitat

PETER STRAUS

SF Transit Riders

CHRIS LEPE

TransForm

VINITA GOYAL

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

YVONNE WILLIAMS

ATU Local 192 (Oakland)

GENA ALEXANDER

ATU Local 1555

JAMAINE GIBSON

ATU 265

IAN GRIFFITHS

Seamless Bay Area

RICHARD MARCANTONIO

Public Advocates

EDUARDO GONZALEZ

Youth Leadership Institute

BRIAN SCHMIDT

Greenbelt Alliance

LESLIE GORDON

Urban Habitat

SALEM AFANGIDEH

Public Advocates

ABOUBAKAR "ASN" NDIAYE

Working Partnerships USA

DERECKA MEHRENS

Working Partnerships USA

ADINA LEVIN

Friends of Caltrain

MARK WILLIAMS

AC Transit

MARY LIM LAMPE

Genesis (Faith)

DAVE CAMPBELL

Bike East Bay

JANICE LI

SF Bicycle Coalition, BART Board

DAVEED MANDELL

East Bay Center for the Blind

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