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SPUR Supports SB 44, Which Streamlines Environmentally Beneficial Transit Projects

Policy Letter
Large scale transit projects are frequently the targets of CEQA-based litigation, causing delays, higher costs and diminishing the usefulness of the project to the people who voted and paid for it. Through administrative and judicial streamlining, SB 44 creates certainty for transportation projects, while ensuring that community concerns continue to be heard and addressed in a timely fashion.

The Bigger Picture: Seven Ideas for Downtown San José

SPUR Report
SPUR’s Bigger Picture series proposes ideas for key locations in San Francisco, San José and Oakland. Each provides an opportunity to tackle major regional challenges through local planning processes. Our first report looks at the western side of downtown San José, where a major rail station expansion, a park re-envisioning process and a record number of proposed developments are signaling big changes for the neighborhood.

Ladders Out of Poverty

SPUR Report
Tens of thousands of households in the Bay Area struggle to pay their bills each month, a situation only worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The region should look to the promise of unrestricted cash transfer programs, which give people money with no specific requirements on how it is spent. SPUR looks at the successes of existing programs and offers five possible options to consider.

How to Repurpose Bay Area Freeways for Fast and Reliable Regional Public Transit

News /
Imagine a Bay Area where your school, your job and your friend in the next county are no more than 30 minutes away via convenient, reliable buses zipping along uncongested freeway express lanes throughout the day. This vision is not just appealing — it's essential to delivering on our region’s transportation goals. SPUR’s latest report proposes a regional bus strategy to make it a reality.

Freeways of the Future

SPUR Report
Imagine a fast, reliable and coordinated regional express bus network operating on a system of freeway express lanes connecting transportation hubs throughout the Bay Area and beyond. SPUR recommends six broad actions to support the development and implementation of a coordinated regional express bus vision through institutional reforms, infrastructure coordination and policies to convert existing freeways into a central part of the region’s equity solutions.

Mending the Net

SPUR Report
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic and economic slowdown, California had the highest poverty rate in the nation. The state is also one of the worst at getting benefits to those who need them, with some programs missing over a million eligible people. Streamlining and automating the application process would help Californians receive the public support they have a right to.