Today’s Headlines

  • Transit Density Bill Dies in Committee (SFGateSFExaminer, EastBayTimes)
  • SF Home Production Slows (Curbed)
  • Supervisors to Vote on Scooter Permits (Hoodline)
  • Scooters Keep Scooting Despite Threats from City (SFGate)
  • Bay Area Air Quality Worsening (SFChron)
  • Hit & Run on SF Police Officer (SFGate)
  • Third Motor Vehicle Lane to Open Friday on San Rafael Bridge (MarinIJ)
  • Fate of Visitacion Valley Church (Hoodline)
  • Tiny House Village Project for West Berkeley (Berkeleyside)
  • Repealing Gas Tax Would Hurt Transportation Projects (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: SB 827 Needs NY Style Transit (MarinIJ)

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  • John French

    Dick Spotswood states, “If housing proponents want to be taken seriously, they’d tell us how they propose raising the trillion of transit-building and operating dollars necessary to make that happen.”

    Why not combine SB827-style transit-driven upzoning with value capture (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value_capture) to fund transit expansions? Building a rapid transit line results in upzoning near stations, which in turn unlocks value. Capture some of that value, either by taxing the gains produced by the upzoning, or by allowing transit agencies to participate in joint ventures with developers, to fund new rapid transit. A virtuous cycle which has worked quite well for Hong Kong’s MTR (https://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/09/the-unique-genius-of-hong-kongs-public-transportation-system/279528/).