Legislative Advocacy


BART’s federal and state advocacy efforts are guided by annual goals adopted by the Board of Directors.  The goals reflect BART’s legislative priorities and provide guidance for the District's activities in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento.

Federal Goals

  • Educate Bay Area Congressional Delegation on BART’s capital reinvestment needs and “Big 3” priorities
  • Advocate for public transit within the Administration’s proposed infrastructure plan
  • Monitor and respond to implementation of the FAST Act (and MAP-21)
    • State of Good Repair (SOGR) & Formula Funding.
    • Core Capacity Grant Funding
    • Safety Regulations
  • Pursue Transit Security Grant Program funding
  • Seek federal funds to expand BART’s workforce development programs
  • Increase college student fare discounts for public transit

State Goals

  • Secure and protect state transit funding 
  • Enhance local transit revenue opportunities
  • Improve transit enforcement capabilities related to fare evasion
  • Accelerate affordable housing and transit oriented development efforts to address state housing crisis
  • Monitor state implementation of pension reform laws
  • Assist in state efforts to reach greenhouse gas reduction targets
  • Respond to legislation with a direct impact to BART
  • Pursue necessary BART sponsored legislation

Legislative Positions

Every year BART engages in advocacy efforts on federal and state bills that are of critical importance to the District.  Often the Board of Directors will support or oppose specific bills according to their adopted goals and priorities.  Below is a list of bills the Board has taken a position on during the current legislative session. 

 
Federal Legislation (115th Congress, 2017 - 2018)
Bill No.
Author
Title
Position
Donovan
(R - NY)
Transit Security Grant Flexibility Program Act
Support
DeFazio
(D - OR)
Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act
Support
Delaney
(D - MD)
Infrastructure 2.0 Act
Support
Klobuchar
(D - MN)
American Apprenticeship Act
Support
State Legislation (2017 - 2018 Session)
Bill No.
Author
Title
Position
Frazier
Transportation Funding
Support if Amended
Holden
Transit Pass Program: Free or Reduced-fare Transit Passes
(Vetoed by Governor)
Support 
Cervantes
California Transportation Commission
(Signed by Governor)
Support
Grayson
Autonomous Vehicles: Contra Costa Transportation Authority Pilot Project
Support
Quirk
Transit Districts: Prohibition Orders
(Signed by Governor)
Support (Sponsored)
Eggman/Baker
Transportation: Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Construction Authority
(Signed by Governor)
Oppose
Mullin
Local Elective Offices: Contribution Limitations
Support
Bloom
State Transit Assistance Program
(Signed by Governor with urgency clause)
Support
Baker
Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority: Demonstration Project
(Signed by Governor)
Support
Baker
BART, Capital Funds
Oppose
E. Garcia
Priority Funding for Transportation in Low-Income Communities
Support
Aguiar-Curry
Local Government Financing: Affordable Housing and Public Infrastructure: Voter Approval
Support
Beall
Transportation Funding
(Signed by Governor, partial implementation beginning FY17-18)
Support if Amended
Atkins
Building Homes and Jobs Act
(Signed by Governor)
Support
Beall
Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018
(Signed by Governor)
Support
Hill
Firearms: Law Enforcement Agencies: Firearm Accounting
Support
de Leon
Law Enforcement: Sharing Data
(Signed by Governor)
Support
B. Allen
Regional Transportation Plans
(Signed by Governor)
Support
Skinner
Residential Density and Affordability
(Signed by Governor)
Support
Beall
Metropolitan Transportation Commission: Toll Bridge Revenues: BART Inspector General: Santa Clara Valley Transportation: HOV Lanes
(Signed by Governor)
Support
Hertzberg
Public Transportation Agencies: Administrative Penalities
(Signed by Governor)
Support
Wieckowski
BART, Transit Oriented Development
(Signed by Governor)
Support (Sponsored)
Wiener
Local Transportation Measures: Special Taxes, Voter Approval
Support
 

 

For questions regarding BART’s Legislative Advocacy Program contact:

Rodd Lee

Department Manager, Government & Community Relations

rlee@bart.gov

(510) 464-6235