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

  • Secure a Full Funding Grant Agreement for the Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project
  • Advocate for public transit security and safety program funding; pursue grants for safety and security initiatives
  • Seek support for programs and policies to assist transit agencies in responding to quality of life issues
  • Engage in advocacy efforts to advance a federal infrastructure initiative with a focus on transit funding and workforce development
  • Advocate for robust public transit funding in the next federal surface transportation reauthorization bill

State Goals

  • Pursue state transit funding to support BART operations and capital investment needs
  • Advocate for additional, more flexible funding for public transit through the Cap and Trade Program
  • Educate the Administration and Legislature on new/ongoing safety and security efforts
  • Monitor the implementation of new housing legislation and seek out funding opportunities for affordable housing and transit-oriented development (TOD)
  • Engage in statewide legislative efforts to address homelessness and mental health
  • Pursue and pass necessary BART-sponsored legislation
  • Monitor and respond to legislation directly impacting BART

 


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 (116th Congress, 2019 - 2020)
Bill No.
Author
Title
Position
Baldwin (D-WI) and DeSaulnier (D-CA)
The Connecting Opportunities through Mobility Metrics and Unlocking Transportation Efficiencies Act (COMMUTE Act)
Support
Klobuchar (D-MN) and DeLauro (D-CT)
 The American Apprenticeship Act
Support
Feinstein (D-CA) and Leiu (D-CA)
The Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act
Support
King (R-NY) and Payne (D-NJ)
Transit Security Grant Flexibility Act
Support
Blumenauer (D-OR)
Bicycle Commuter Act of 2019
Support
Blumenauer (D-OR)
Rebuild America Act of 2019
Support
Adams (D-NC)
Saving Transit Art Resources (STAR) Act
Support
State Legislation (2019 - 2020 Session)
Bill No.
Author
Title
Position
Wicks (D-Berkeley)
Bay Area Rapid Transit District: electricity procurement and delivery
Sponsor
Rivas (D-Los Angeles)
Homeless integrated data warehouse
Support
Skinner (D-Berkeley)
The Getting Home Safe Act
Support
Wiener (D-San Francisco)
Planning and zoning: housing development: incentives
Support
Beall (D-San Jose)
Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program: Local Partnership Program
Support
 

 

For questions regarding BART’s Legislative Advocacy Program contact:

Amanda Cruz

Manager of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs

acruz1@bart.gov

(510) 874-7422