Transportation Justice in San Mateo — TEAMC
What is TEAMC?
The Transportation Equity Allied Movement Coalition (TEAMC) is a coalition that brings together diverse voices to advance community-supported transportation solutions that promote greater access to opportunity, social equity, public health and safety, and environmental protection. TEAMC engages and empowers those most impacted by the existing transportation system and those historically underrepresented in transportation decision making to advocate for a system that better serves their needs and those of future generations. This includes low-income families, people of color, youth, seniors, immigrants, transit users, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Over the last year, TEAMC has been working with community members to ensure that San Mateo County’s next transportation ballot measure moves for us. 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.
In July, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted to put a forward-looking expenditure plan on the November ballot — one that drew heavily on the community input collected by TEAMC. This is plan that will guide how $80 million per year in tax revenues are spent, shaping the future of transportation — and the lives of those who rely on it — for years to come. Read this blog post for details on this incredible policy win.
In order to capture the invaluable lessons we learned along the way, we developed the TEAMC Roadmap. The Roadmap details our process and will be useful to anyone looking to advocate for transportation justice in their community.
TEAMC Statement of Principles:
These Principles seek to advance a broad and bold agenda that transforms our transportation system in San Mateo County.
1. Increase use and access of affordable, safe, and healthy transportation choices to jobs, schools, and other destinations by:
- Enhancing and expanding existing transportation services and amenities
- Leveraging new technologies and innovative approaches
- Prioritize transportation funding and other investments for populations in greatest need, including:
- Improving mobility and access for low-income communities of color, youth, seniors, and people with disabilities.
- Improving safety for people walking and biking, especially at or near major transit stops and in areas with high numbers of serious or fatal collisions – without criminalizing people of color and low income communities.
2. Broaden the region’s economic prosperity and avoid ongoing displacement of low and moderate income families by:
- Creating economic opportunities for communities experiencing longstanding unemployment and poverty, including living wage jobs within the transportation sector.
Protecting the existing affordable housing stock and providing sufficient new affordable housing options near transit, jobs, and essential services.
3. Advance climate protection and environmental justice, including:
- Providing sufficient funding for climate adaptation and ensuring projects and programs significantly reduce carbon emissions
- Increasing access to health-promoting activities and reducing exposure to air pollution for communities suffering from high chronic disease rates.
4. Ensure meaningful community engagement in transportation decision making so that projects and policies reflect the needs of those most affected and ultimately result in better projects and programs.