Stop the Governor's Public Transit Cuts, AGAIN!
Correction: this event will be held on the 1st floor, not the 11th. Please read below for additional information of what you can do to stop these attacks on our transit system.
TALC ALERT - Transportation and Land Use Coalition
Stop Governor Schwarzenegger's
ATTACK ON PUBLIC TRANSIT:
1. Call or Write an e-mail
2. Attend a hearing tomorrow in San Jose - Friday, Feb 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
more information below and a TALC paper will soon be released
The Bay Area impact of the Governor’s money grab is tremendous. The potential loss of transit funds will translate to cuts in service, loss of jobs, deferred maintenance, and project delays since VTA and other local operators have relied on these funds.
As indicated in the following chart (prepared by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission) the losses amount to more than $64 million for transit operators in the Bay Area alone. The suspension of these critical transportation funds is fiscally irresponsible and socially inequitable.
Projected Loss of Funds to Local Transit Operators
Local Transit Operators
Prop 42 + spillover
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
AC Transit District
Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transit Districts
Central Contra Costa Transit Authority
Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority
Other Smaller Operators
Total Population-based STA for the Region*
*Note: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has discretionary authority of the $16,860,006 Population-based STA. While there is no standard formula for distribution of these funds, the transit operators above would be the primary recipients.
We urge Governor Schwarzenegger and the State Legislature to recognize the devastating consequences the deferment of Proposition 42 and the “spillover” revenues would have on Bay Area children, seniors, workers, and the economy. Rather than transferring all of the funds, we recommend an approach to address the State’s budget crisis that recognizes the critical role Public transportation plays in all Californian’s lives and our economy.
1. Maintain the integrity of the voter’s whishes by allocating the $1.3 billion in Proposition 42 revenues to transportation.
2. Defer the $216 million “spillover” revenues to the General Fund.
3. If these programs cannot be fully restored prioritize funding for transit operations first.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Let Our State Senators how you will be affected.
Friday, February 4th 9
AM – 1 PM
NOTE: There should be time for the public to speak towards the end. Whether or not you want to speak feel free to come and hold signs!
Isaac Newton Auditorium, Santa Clara County Administration Building, East Wing 1st Floor
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose
Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority provides 44.3 million passenger
trips yearly and is an essential service for people to get to and from
work, shopping, family, and activities.
· Gov. Schwarzenegger's 2005
proposal will cut more than $6.6 million from the local Santa Clara
Valley Transit Authority budget.
· It will rob the Bay Area of $118 million for Traffic Congestion Relief Program.
SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #4 HEARING
REGIONAL IMPACTS OF PROPOSED 2005-06 BUDGET- TRANSPORTATION
Diane Eidam, Executive Director, California Transportation Commission
Metropolitan Transportation Commission – Regional Overview
Jim Beall, Commissioner
Mike Nevin, Caltrain Board member & MTC Commissioner
Chris Peeples, Board Member At Large, Alameda – Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit)
David B. Kutrosky, Deputy Director, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA)
Todd Morgan, Principal Financial Analyst, Capital Development, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
Congestion Management Agencies:
Kurt Evans, Governmental Affairs Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Rich Napier, Executive Director, San Mateo County Council of Governments
Bob McCleary, Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Hans Larsen, Deputy Director for Planning and Project Delivery, City of San Jose
Labor, Community, & Economic Impact
Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group
Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council
Jim Earp, President, Executive Director, California Alliance for Jobs
Stuart Cohen, Executive Director, Transportation and Land Use Coalition
Edward "Dutch" Monroe, Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3, AFL-CIO.
The committee encourages the submission of written comments and testimony. Please forward them to Senator Joseph Dunn, State Capitol, Room 2080, Sacramento, CA 95814 or
e-mail to ronda.paschal@....
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Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)
TALC is a partnership of over 90 groups working for a sustainable and socially just Bay Area. We envision a region with healthy, walkable communities that provide all residents with transportation choices and affordable housing. The coalition analyzes county and regional policies, works with community groups to develop alternatives, and coordinates grassroots campaigns.
Check out our website at: www.transcoalition.org
405 14th Street, Suite 605
Oakland, CA 94612