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We believe: Walking, biking, and taking transit should be the safest
and best ways to get around for people of all ages and abilities.

Our Goal

• Reduce emissions from transportation.

• Reduce driving.

• Build complete communities around transit.

• Make Bay Area transit work for the 21st century.

• Eliminate traffic deaths.

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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

Senators Put Pause on Bill to Authorize a Regional Measure to Fund Transit

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A bill that would have authorized the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to place a regional transportation revenue measure on the ballot in 2026 has been paused, bringing the prospect of severe transit cuts ever closer. SPUR supports a recently announced effort by MTC to identify a path to a new bill that would be introduced in the 2025 legislative session.

SFMTA Board Chair and Muni Fan Amanda Eaken on Making San Francisco Streets Safer and More Welcoming

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Traversing city streets on foot or by bike can be a hair-raising experience. Ten years ago, San Francisco launched Vision Zero to take the scary out and put the convenience in when it comes to moving around without a car. Since then, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has made streets a more welcoming place, but challenges remain. We asked SFMTA Board Chair Amanda Eaken about changes she’d like to see and how residents can more effectively advocate for safer streets.

SPUR Supports and Seeks Amendments to SB 1031 to Fund Transit

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SPUR supports and seeks amendments to SB 1031 (Wiener, Wahab), enabling legislation for a future regional transportation revenue measure. SPUR strongly supports finding new funding to support transit operations and we have been working with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, legislative staff and other advocates to advance and shape SB 1031 as this complex bill advances through the legislative process.

SPUR proudly co-sponsors SB960 (Wiener) to create safer roads and reliable transit

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SPUR is proud to co-sponsor and support Senate Bill 960 alongside CalBike, Street for All, AARP, and WalkSF. Senate Bill 960 is designed to make state-owned highways in California safer and more convenient for all users. If enacted, this bill would redouble the state’s efforts on improving roadway design on state highways to achieve the following goals: ● Reduce deaths and serious injuries by making state-owned roadways safer by design; ● Give transit riders a more reliable and predictable trip with transit priority treatments; ● Create a virtuous cycle of growing ridership that, in turn, reduces climate pollution, increases equitable mobility, and improves transit’s fiscal sustainability.

SPUR Comments on Draft 2024 High Speed Rail Business Plan

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SPUR provided comments on the California High Speed Rail Authority's 2024 Draft Business Plan. While SPUR applauds the progress the Authority has made on the Central Valley segment of the project we remain deeply concerned about the overall lack of funding to complete the full statewide program.

SPUR Sponsors State Housing and Transportation Legislation

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SPUR is co-sponsoring a number of state bills this year and lending advocacy support to many more. Our focus this legislative session is on designing safer streets and addressing California’s housing affordability and availability crisis. Here’s a look at the legislation we’re sponsoring.