SamTrans Approves a Forward-Thinking Plan for Public Transit in San Mateo County

How about a round of applause, everyone?

We deserve to congratulate ourselves. Over the last year, the Transportation Equity Allied Movement Coalition (TEAMC) along with our community partners — YOU — have been fighting the good fight to ensure that San Mateo County’s next transportation ballot measure moves for us: for youth, seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants and other populations who rely on public transportation.

We worked hard together to advance our shared principles: we collected over 1,000 surveys, organized and attended multiple community meetings, met with elected officials and staff, generated coalition platforms and position papers, made calls and sent emails, and raised our concerns in public and stakeholder meetings.

And it worked. Yesterday, SamTrans approved an expenditure plan that drew heavily on your input — an investment plan that will guide how $80 million in tax revenues are spent, shaping the future of transportation on the Peninsula for years to come.

There is a lot to celebrate.

For instance, a full 50% of the funds will go to maintain and enhance bus, paratransit, and other mobility services to better serve vulnerable, underserved, youth, low-income, and transit-dependent populations throughout the County. This includes:

  • Increased frequencies on the SamTrans’ core routes and expanded hours of service during mornings, evenings and weekends
  • Improved first- and last-mile connections between job centers and transit hubs
  • Technology-based solutions that improve efficiency, convenience, access to information, and overall rider experience (like WiFi!)

Also in the plan are Caltrain’s upgrades and improvements to better connect the County to the rest of the region, including Dumbarton transit improvements and express bus services. And, for those of us who use our feet, funding will be allocated to fill in the gaps and update facilities for the bicycle and pedestrian pathways.

Perhaps just as important was the inclusion of strong core principles and a strategic planning process that includes community input to craft the guidelines for the measure’s spending after November. This will help ensure that the measure’s fund continue to maximize community benefits even after the measure has been passed.

This is the perfect time to let the SamTrans Board of Directors know how much we appreciate that they listened — and that we are excited about the investment plan that they just approved. Help us pat them on the back by sharing out a post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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The next step is to make sure the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors votes to put the measure on the ballot at their July 24th Board meeting.  Use this email template to let them know you support the plan.

Finally, you can follow us on Facebook or check out our website to learn more. If you are feeling really gung ho, reach out to Eduardo Gonzalez at egonzalez@yli.org to get involved in our grassroots campaign to get the measure passed in November.

Let’s make sure our County moves for us!

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