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sufficient funding and evolve public institutions to accelerate the repair, renewal and buildout of our aging and outdated transit network.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

    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.

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Updates and Events

Value Driven

SPUR Report October 29, 2020
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.

SPUR Advocates for Frequent Transit Service in VTA's 2021 Service Plan

Policy Letter October 5, 2020
SPUR believes it is imperative for reasons of racial and social equity, the environment, and sound urban planning that light rail and frequent bus routes continue to operate every 15 minutes on weekdays as they did prior to the pandemic and, therefore, support "The 90% Plan" as proposed by VTA staff.

Why the Bay Area Struggles with Transit Project Delivery, and How to Fix It

News September 29, 2020
The Bay Area has underinvested in transit for decades. Today, in the midst of a pandemic, it’s hard to imagine how the region will catch up: Our major transit projects regularly take decades to build and rank among the most expensive in the world. SPUR’s latest report offers three big ideas for delivering transit projects in less time,for less money and with better public value.

More for Less

SPUR Report September 29, 2020
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.

Infrastructure Bay Area

SPUR Report September 29, 2020
SPUR’s report More for Less examines how the Bay Area can reverse its poor track record of delivering large, complex public transit projects on time, on budget and without major defect. This companion report details one of our most significant recommendations: to establish Infrastructure Bay Area, a specialized entity that would lead the procurement and delivery of all the region’s major transit projects.

Save Bike and Scooter Sharing Services in California: Oppose AB 1286

Policy Letter August 25, 2020
Bike and scooter sharing have provided a transportation lifeline to essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, a state a state assembly bill emerged out of committee that would significantly increase the cost of providing bike and scooter sharing services and may force companies to suspend service in California. SPUR supports these services and opposed AB 1286.

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