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Metropolitan Transportation Commission

July 28, 2019, 9am PDT
Two years after voters in the nine-county Bay Area agreed to hike tolls on the region's seven state-owned bridges, regional business leaders are hoping they will approve a one-cent regional sales tax to fund $100 billion in transportation projects.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 22, 2019, 1pm PDT
Transit officials pass on a proposal to take a closer look at the possibility of an integrated fare system that would simplify transit travel in the Bay Area.
Streetsblog SF
June 10, 2019, 10am PDT
Lyft may soon not be the sole bikeshare operation in San Francisco as the city looks to expand the system and open the market up to other companies.
Streetsblog USA
March 13, 2019, 12pm PDT
State and county officials gathered on Friday to celebrate the start of a $514 million project to convert carpool lanes to express lanes and connect auxiliary lanes to make for a lane addition. The 32-mile project on Highway 101 opens in 2022.
San Mateo Daily Journal
February 1, 2019, 12pm PST
Two Bay Area city council members serving on a regional commission suffered the political consequences of supporting a controversial regional housing initiative, not from their constituents, but from their colleagues.
San Francisco Chronicle
January 25, 2019, 12pm PST
A regional, comprehensive, and controversial approach to tackling the housing affordability crisis in the nine-county Bay Area, including strategies to render renter protections and new housing production, has cleared three major hurdles.
KQED: California Report
November 19, 2018, 10am PST
In a distant and expensive future, there are two new ways to get across the San Francisco Bay without a car. One will have a much better view.
The Mercury News
November 5, 2018, 2pm PST
Twelve finalists have been picked for their ideas about how to spend $1 billion in funding to fix transportation in the Bay Area.
The Mercury News
July 12, 2018, 9am PDT
A California taxpayers association has challenged the June passage of a regional ballot measure because it didn't receive two-thirds support from voters, although two prior voter-approved bridge toll increases also fell short of a super-majority.
The Mercury News
June 26, 2018, 12pm PDT
The problem of expensive transit investments isn't unique to New York City.
Curbed SF
June 13, 2018, 11am PDT
The 2019 New York City budget includes $106 million to subsidize half the transit fare for qualified residents for six months. The city joins the ranks of Seattle, Toronto, and the Bay Area that offer income-based discounts for transit fares.
The New York Times
April 17, 2018, 9am PDT
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission could implement a 20 percent plan to offer fare relief for low-income riders.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 15, 2018, 1pm PDT
Beware of transportation officials promising traffic reductions, according to this opinion piece.
The Mercury News
February 25, 2018, 11am PST
In December, Sen. Dianne Feinstein reactivated her call for a southern crossing over the Bay while the BART Board last week began studying a second Transbay tube. The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board opines on which is preferable.
San Francisco Chronicle
January 26, 2018, 8am PST
"Four piers from the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge will live on as a public boardwalk and vista point in Oakland and on Yerba Buena Island," reports Erin Baldassari.
The Mercury News
January 14, 2018, 9am PST
A modest toll increase, $3 over six years, took a major step forward with the approval of a key Bay Area Toll Authority committee. With the exception of the Bay Bridge, the round-trip toll on each of the region's seven state-owned bridges is $5.
SF Gate
December 14, 2017, 2pm PST
A summary report of California's 9-month pilot program to test the use of a mileage charge to replace the gas tax to fund road infrastructure has been released. Next steps include exploring available technology to implement the road charge.
The Sacramento Bee
December 12, 2017, 1pm PST
Not all of them, just the I-580 lanes. One of the reasons is that most users are actually paying, unlike the other two express lanes where a majority of users are clean-air vehicles or carpools, neither of which pay.
San Francisco Chronicle
November 5, 2017, 11am PST
Park and Ride lots in the East Bay guarantee parking availability for carpooling commuters
The Mercury News
October 17, 2017, 1pm PDT
When Ford GoBike took over Bay Area Bike Share last year and promised to expand the number of bikes ten-fold, they entered into an exclusivity contract with San Francisco. So why is the city going to issue a permit to a competitor?
San Francisco Examiner