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

  • Ensure timely execution of a Full Funding Grant Agreement for BART's Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project
  • Support FY20 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations that meet, at a minimum, authorized levels within the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act
  • Pursue available grant funding to enhance BART's quality of life initiatives; support increased funding for all transit security and safety grant programs
  • Advocate for robust transit funding in a federal surface transportation reauthorization bill
  • Monitor the United States Department of Labor actions related to the certification of California transit grants
  • Reponse to federal legislation, proposed rule-making, and requests for comments that may impact BART programs and operations

State Goals

  • Pursue state transit funding through formulaic and competitive grant programs; identify new opporuntities within the annual budget
  • Seek state resources to assit BART in addressing homelessness and related quality of life issues 
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders seeking authorization to place on the ballot a Bay Area transportation revenue measure; advocate for BART priority projects and investment needs within any legislative proposal
  • Seek broader eligibility for state planning assistance and housing funds; continue to engage state entities on the implementation fo AB 2923 (Chiu & Grayson, 2018)
  • Educate the Legislature, Administration, and state departments on BART's efforts to bolster transit security, improve rider safety, and address fare evasion
  • 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
DeFazio (D-OR)
Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act
(INVEST in America Act)
Support
Bass (D-CA)
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020
Support
Lee (D-CA)
Urging the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation
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
R. Rivas (D-Hollister)
Parking and zoning: bicycle and car-share parking credits
Support
Chiu (D-San Francisco)
Santiago (D-Los Angeles)
State and local agencies: homelessness plans
Support and Seek Amendments
Weber (D-San Diego)
An amendment to the State Constitution relating to government preferences
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
Wiener (D-San Francisco)
Planning and zoning: housing development: density
Support
Allen (D-Santa Monica)
Wiener (D-San Francisco)
An Amendment to the State Constitution relating to public housing projects
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