San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Options for the Future of State Funding for Transit Operations in California

Digital Discourse


People walking around the SF Caltrain station

California has adopted ambitious goals for public transit, but many public transit agencies are anticipating major operating funding shortfalls in the coming years. Left unaddressed, transit operators will be left without the financial and operational capacity needed to realize these goals. Even before the pandemic, state funding programs for transit operations both underfunded our largest and highest-ridership systems and were misaligned with contemporary state goals. How could state transit operating programs be restructured to achieve better outcomes for riders, the environment, equity and the economy? Join us to hear from panelists from University of California's Institute of Transportation Studies to learn about the research they've been conducting on transit ridership and the future of state funding for transit.

  • Juan Matute / UCLA
  • John Gahbauer / UCLA
  • Kari Watkins / UC Davis
  • Laura Tolkoff / SPUR


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