Aug 17 by GJEL Staff

“Bay Bridge Forward” to add much-needed capacity to Transbay commute

Facing crush-load BART trains, packed buses and ferries, and congested freeways, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission recently approved $40 million in near-term capacity relief. The “Bay Bridge Forward” program seeks to enhance a range of bus, carpool, and ferry solutions to maximize Transbay capacity, including:

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Jul 20 by GJEL Staff

Why is BART in the long-term airport parking business?

As BART’s ridership has surged over the past five years, the system has developed a shortage of station parking. On a typical weekday, many of BART’s lots fill up before 7:30 AM. Among those who do not secure a space, some have found alternative ways to access BART, while others are resigned to driving to…

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Jul 15 by GJEL Staff

7 years after cuts, restoration of off-peak BART service remains distant

Seven years ago in the midst of the Great Recession, BART significantly cut evening and Sunday service in an effort to balance its budget. Prior to cutting service, BART provided 15 minute headways – a level of frequency that supported more spontaneous travel without planning around a train schedule. BART service was cut to 20…

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May 16 by GJEL Staff

After a momentous Bike to Work Day, more complete streets projects on the way

Last week’s Bike to Work day was one of the most significant in the event’s 22 year history in the East Bay. Four ribbon cuttings occurred in the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont, and Emeryville, including three protected bike lanes. These projects represent the first wave of a significant investment in complete streets in the…

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Apr 15 by jason

Community Involvement Scholarship deadline one week away

There’s only one week left to apply for GJEL and TransForm CA’s Community Involvement Scholarship. The scholarship, which will be awarded to two students, is designed to recognize high school seniors that have shown exemplary service towards the betterment of their community. This can include; volunteer service, participation in local programs, community outreach, or activism….

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Mar 28 by GJEL Staff

BART’s bond measure: aiming too low?

Over the past few weeks, BART and Los Angeles’ Metro have each made big headlines, albeit for very different reasons. In the Bay Area, BART’s ongoing mechanical problems are the latest reminder of the system’s poor state of repair and constrained capacity. BART leaders have highlighted the need for reinvestment in the system via a…

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Mar 02 by GJEL Staff

Where should a second Transbay Tube go?

There is a growing consensus that building a second Transbay Tube is critical to the Bay Area’s future. Transbay ridership has skyrocketed in recent years – MTC’s ongoing Core Capacity Study estimates that peak hour Transbay transit capacity operated at 96 percent capacity in 2014, and ridership has continued to increase since then despite extremely…

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Jan 25 by GJEL Staff

Downtown Oakland needs accessible & walkable public spaces

What kinds of open spaces does Oakland need? The City recently posed this question via Twitter as a part of its ongoing Downtown Specific Plan efforts. The Downtown Plan presents an exciting opportunity to guide a new chapter of growth and revitalization of Downtown Oakland; initial planning efforts have already offered some transformative discussions, including…

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Jan 11 by GJEL Staff

Increased commuter benefits a boon for Bay Area commuters

Transit riders across the country received a big boost in commuter benefits thanks to Congress’ new spending bill. The bill increased pre-tax transit benefits to $255 per month, matching the pre-tax benefits for parking. Transit commuter benefits are widely used in the Bay Area: employers with 50 or more full-time employees are required to offer…

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