MTC Briefing: Bridge Tolls Rising; Express Lanes Coming; Election Results Mapped

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  Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC Briefing: December 2018  

Tolls on Seven Bay Area Bridges to Rise in 2019

  Several important changes take effect January 1, 2019, on the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges. These include a $1 toll increase approved by the region’s voters in June via Regional Measure 3, along with discounts for crossing multiple bridges during the same commute. The toll funds will be put in an escrow accounting pending the resolution of two lawsuits challenging RM 3. If the measure prevails, the toll revenues will be used to finance $4.45 billion worth of highway and transit improvements in the toll bridge corridors and their approach routes. More  
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MTC   Express Lane Construction Shifts Into High Gear
Crews have moved into high gear to construct Express Lanes along southbound I-680 from Martinez to Walnut Creek. Adding 11 miles to the Bay Area's growing network of Express Lanes, the project is expected to open to traffic in 2021. Also, on I-880 between Fremont and Oakland, the project to convert the existing carpool lanes in both directions to Express Lanes (adding another 45 miles to the network) is about halfway complete. MORE
MTC   Tracking Travel – There’s an App for That
How do Bay Area residents use Lyft, Uber, bikes or scooters to get around? To find out, MTC and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority have sent postcards to some 120,000 randomly selected Bay Area households, inviting them to participate in a survey to better understand residents’ mobility needs and preferences. If you’re selected to participate, you can track your travels with the help of an app. MORE
MTC   Summer Opportunities for High School Students
MTC’s summer High School Internship Program exposes students to the rich array of careers in transportation. Student workers in all nine Bay Area counties are matched with transportation agencies and planning and public works departments, where they’ll meet professional mentors, pick up useful workplace skills and make $15 per hour. MORE
MTC   'Tis the Season to Share the Ride
MTC and its Bay Area partners have launched several new promotions to encourage Bay Area travelers to share the ride. MTC's Bay Area Vanpool Program is offering $350 per month in direct subsidies to new and existing vanpools, thanks to an infusion of over $9.5 million to the program for the next five years. MORE




The Bay Link Blog Is Back!
“Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I’m Back!” That's how Sly & the Family Stone might've announced the relaunch of The Bay Link, a daily blog for news, views and analysis on transportation, housing, land use, economic development, the environment and so much more, now helmed by new MTC Public Information Officer Mark Prado. Recent topics span the gamut from serious policy issues to the whimsical:

Bookmark to keep up with the latest posts. MORE
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge West Span Path
When the new Bay Bridge East Span opened in 2013, pedestrians and bicyclists fell in love with the 15-foot-wide, shared-use pathway that stretched from Oakland to the iconic single tower and, since 2016, all the way to Yerba Buena Island. MTC’s Bay Area Toll Authority, Caltrans and a multidisciplinary team of engineers are now studying whether we can extend this path around the island and across the West Span of the bridge into downtown San Francisco. MORE
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MTC   Props 1 and 6: How the Bay Area Voted
Results from the November 6 statewide election show that the Bay Area played a crucial role in solidifying the results for two measures of great interest to MTC: the passage of Proposition 1, a $4 billion bond measure for housing-related loans, grants, projects and programs for veterans; and the defeat of Proposition 6, which aimed to rescind transportation revenue sources embodied in 2017’s Senate Bill 1. MORE
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