San Francisco + San José + Oakland

POSTPONED: Bridging the Gap


Bay Bridge Traffic

Unfortunately, we've had to postpone this program, but we intend to reschedule it for later this winter. We'll update you and the SPUR events calendar once a new date is confirmed.

It's easy to appreciate the simplicity of using FasTrak to drive across one of the Bay Area's tolled bridges. But for many of our neighbors who lack a functioning transponder, have empty accounts or are unable to pay on time, the act of crossing these bridges can result in a destabilizing cycle of fines and fees, where a $6 toll rapidly snowballs to a $70 fine. Multiply that by the 5 million unpaid tolls from across the region in 2019 and you've created a devastating cycle of debt that disproportionately harms low-income people and people of color in the Bay Area for whom crossing the region's bridges is a necessity of work and life. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has already committed to reforming this system and building an equitable model, but can it go even further? Join us to talk about this reformation process and what it will take for the Bay Area to become the model of fine and fee equitability for the rest of the country.

+ Paul Briley / Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
+ Ocean Mottley / Bay Legal
+ Dan Brekke / KQED
+ Supervisor Hillary Ronen / San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 9


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