Transportation

Our goal: Make it fast, easy and inexpensive to get around without driving alone

SPUR’s Five-Year Priorities:

• Secure sufficient funding and evolve public institutions to accelerate the repair, renewal and buildout of our aging and outdated transit network.

• Dramatically increase the percentage of trips that are taken on foot, bike, carpool and transit, bringing down average regional drive-alone rates.

• Leverage transportation investments to shape and increase growth, expand access to opportunity, improve public spaces and enhance quality of life.

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A Regional Transit Coordinator for the Bay Area

The Bay Area’s two dozen different transit services would be easier for riders to use if they functioned like a single network. This type of coordination is complex, but that’s not why it hasn’t been done. The real reason is that it’s not anyone’s responsibility.

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More for Less

Around the world, building major transit projects is notoriously difficult. Yet the Bay Area has an especially poor track record: Major projects here take decades from start to finish, and our project costs rank among the highest in the world. SPUR offers policy proposals that will save time, save money and add up to a reliable, integrated and frequent network that works better for everyone.

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Value Driven

Roads and parking are expensive to build, but they’re mostly free for drivers to use as much as they’d like. This kind of free access imposes serious costs on others: traffic, climate change, air pollution, and heart and lung disease. SPUR’s new report Value Driven shines a light on the invisible costs of driving and offers five pioneering strategies to address them.

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The Future of Transportation

Will the rise of new mobility services like Uber and bike sharing help reduce car use, climate emissions and demand for parking? Or will they lead to greater inequality and yet more reliance on cars? SPUR proposes how private services can work together with public transportation to function as a seamless network and provide access for people of all incomes, races, ages and abilities.

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Seamless Transit

The Bay Area’s prosperity is threatened by fragmentation in the public transit system: Riders and decision-makers contend with more than two dozen transit operators. Despite significant spending on building and maintaining transit, overall ridership has not been growing in our region. How can we get more benefit from our transit investments?

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Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan

The Caltrain Corridor, home of the Silicon Valley innovation economy, holds much of the Bay Area’s promise and opportunity, but its transportation system is breaking down. Along this corridor — which includes Hwy 101 and Caltrain rail service from San Francisco to San Jose — the typical methods of getting around have become untenable.

Updates and Events


Coming Soon: The SPUR Regional Strategy

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Three years ago, SPUR undertook an initiative to envision a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous Bay Area for all and propose the bold strategies needed to get there. On May 13, we will release the completed SPUR Regional Strategy, providing a clear vision for the region’s next 50 years.

SPUR supports AB 629 to improve customer experience for transit riders and help transit recover from the pandemic

Policy Letter
AB 629 will establish accountability metrics and deadlines for transit agencies to create a long-overdue regional transit map and wayfinding system, establish a transit priority network for future improvements, pilot a multi-agency accumulator pass and set requirements for the implementation of other fare policy changes, and require operators to provide real time travel information to riders.

Giving Buses Priority on the Bay Bridge Will Improve Access and Equity

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Improving equitable access, creating a more resilient transit network and delivering on environmental priorities requires faster and more reliable transit travel on the Bay Bridge. A recent SPUR Digital Discourse highlighted AB455, a bill to deliver better, faster fairer bus service across the Bay Bridge. The conversation also highlighted the current state of Bay Bridge transit and tackled the questions why and how to improve transbay bus service.

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.

SPUR Encourages the Release Of the Remainder of Prop 1A Funding for High-Speed Rail

Policy Letter
In February 2021, the High-Speed Rail Authority released their revised 2020 business plan, triggering a review period and opportunity for releasing the remainder of Prop 1A funds, which are critical for completing construction in the Central Valley. SPUR supports the release of Prop 1A funds, appreciates and encourages efforts to address project costs and timelines, and recommends that the Authority develop a stations strategy to make the most of this investment.

Where Do We Go From Here? SPUR Sets New Vision and Long-Range Goals

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With vaccines rolling out and stable national leadership in place, we can trust that we will, eventually, reemerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The question now is: Reemerge into what? To return to “normal” would be to reembrace a way of living that was neither sustainable nor equitable. To meet this moment, SPUR has articulated a bold vision statement and evolved our organizational mission.