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Transit Advocates, Construction Workers Show Up in Force at MTC Meeting

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Photos by Matthew Roth via Twitter Transit advocates in favor of redirecting stimulus funds for the Oakland Airport Connector to financially struggling transit agencies are out in force at this morning’s MTC Commission meeting in Oakland, along with dozens of union construction workers. Streetsblog’s Matthew Roth reports the main meeting room and overflow rooms are […]

Clipper Card Upgrade Could Bring Seamless Regional Travel, Or Not

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission will soon renew its contract for Clipper, the Bay Area’s “all-in-one transit card.” Transit advocates are urging MTC to use the opportunity to create a more seamless fare system, and remove barriers that could allow Clipper payments on both the region’s transit agencies and “first-and-last-mile” trip services. Transit riders can currently […]

Caltrain Service Cuts Could Be Mitigated With New MTC Plan

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Communities from San Francisco to San Jose may be saved from much of the expected crippling Caltrain service cuts. A new Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) plan being developed could make up much of the agency’s budget deficit for the next two years, said MTC Public Information Officer John Goodwin. A large chunk of the coming […]

It’s Coming: MTC Approves 10-Fold Expansion of Bay Area Bike Share

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On Wednesday morning the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved contract terms with Motivate International to expand the Bay Area Bike Share system from 700 bikes to more than 7,000 bikes by November 2017. When the expansion wraps up, the Bay Area’s system is expected to be the second-largest in North America, after Citi Bike in New York City. In addition […]

MTC Report Shows Dismal Future for Transit Operators

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Image: MTC The 2009 Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Annual Report paints a sobering picture of funding crises at nearly every Bay Area Transit operator — crises we’ve covered extensively on Streetsblog — and sums up the situation bluntly: "There is no way to sugarcoat it: These are difficult, daunting days for public transit in the […]