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Bay Area Transit Priority Policy Effort Kicks Off

MTC Executive Director Andrew Fremier speaking at the Transit Priority Policy workshop. Photo: Kenji Anzai.

MTC sponsored a workshop earlier this month that kicked off the development of a regional Transit Priority Policy, which aims to establish a vision to support the implementation of transit priority initiatives throughout the Bay Area.

The policy is also intended to address barriers such as inconsistent project delivery processes, limited data availability, multi-agency coordination challenges and limited funding. 

Held at the Block Community Hub in Oakland on Dec. 12, there were 75 attendees from MTC, county transportation agencies, cities, transit advocacy organizations, Caltrans, as well as transit operators. Cameron Gadson from state Assemblymember Buffy Wicks' office was also in attendance. MTC Executive Director Andrew Fremier gave opening remarks at the event.

Among the goals of the workshop:

  • Define Transit Priority and understand its local and regional benefits.
  • Discuss the vision, purpose, and outcomes for Transit Priority in the Bay Area.
  • Share information across agencies/jurisdictions about Transit Priority local goals and policies, project implementation, funding, and other ongoing efforts.
  • Develop essential input for MTC policy development. Identify barriers, and potential solutions, to effective policy. Identify how local, regional, and state efforts can work together.
  • Grow regional Transit Priority collaboration and partnerships between transit agencies, cities, counties, Caltrans, MTC and advocates. Grow momentum heading into policy development in 2024.

Next steps include forming an ad-hoc policy development working group and developing policy text. 

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