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

  • Advocate for Congress to appropriate funding consistent with amounts authorized in the FAST Act
  • Secure a $50 million FY19 budget appropriation and Full Funding Grant Agreement for BART’s Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project
  • Engage in advocacy efforts to advance a Federal Infrastructure Initiative with a specific focus on new funding mechanisms for transit
  • Advocate for continued funding to support public transit security programs
  • Support legislative efforts to ensure solvency of the Highway Trust Fund
  • Continue to promote federal funding for apprenticeship and workforce development programs

 

State Goals

  • Protect state transportation funding, including new SB 1 revenue, from being eliminated, repealed, or diverted
  • Advocate for additional, more flexible funding for public transit through the Cap and Trade Program
  • Monitor the implementation of new housing legislation and funding programs for affordable housing; pursue opportunities to advance BART’s transit-oriented development goals
  • Support efforts to enhance local funding for transit and promote infrastructure improvements near transit
  • Continue to engage in the state’s Greenhouse Gas emission reduction efforts
  • Monitor legislation and regulations related to shared mobility and autonomous vehicles
  • Monitor and respond to legislation that directly impacts BART
  • Pursue and pass 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 two-year 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
Watson-Coleman
(D - NJ)
Surface Transportation and Public Area Security Act of 2017
Support
Klobuchar
(D - MN)
American Apprenticeship Act
Support
State Legislation (2017 - 2018 Session)
Bill No.
Author
Title
Position
Chiu
Housing: Homeless Integrated Data Warehouse
Support
Chiu
Planning and Zoning: Housing Development: Supportive Housing
Support
Holden
Reduced Fare Transit Pass Programs: Report
Support
Quirk
Electrically Conductive Balloons: Manufracturers: Warning
Support
Chiu
BART: Transit-Oriented Development
Neutral
Low
Public Transit Employer-Employee Relations: BART
Oppose
Aguiar-Curry
Local Government Financing: Affordable Housing and Public Infrastructure: Voter Approval
Support
Wiener
Planning and Zoning: Transit-rich Housing Bonus
Support if Amend
Wieckowski
Land Use: Accessory Dwelling Units
Support
Beall and Skinner
Housing: Homelessness Programs and Affordable Housing
Support
Wiener
Homeless Youth Act of 2018
Support
Hill
Firearms: Law Enforcement Agencies: Firearm Accounting
Support
Hill
Transportation network companies: accessibility for persons with disabilities
Support
Wiener
Local Transportation Measures: Special Taxes, Voter Approval
Support
Statewide Ballot Measures (2018)
Proposition No.
Title
Position

Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Approved by The Electorate.

Oppose
Requires That Certain New Transportation Revenues Be Used For Transportation Purposes.
Support
 

 

For questions regarding BART’s Legislative Advocacy Program contact:

Amanda Cruz

Program Manager, Government Relations and Legislative Affairs

acruz1@bart.gov

(510) 874-7422