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.

2021 Federal Goals

  • Secure new emergency relief funding to the address the impacts of COVID-19 on the District’s budget and operational capacity and to support economic recovery​
  • Ensure the timely obligation of Capital Investment Grant program funds for BART’s Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Program​
  • Educate the Congressional delegation of efforts to address quality of life issues on the system; pursue available safety and security grant funding  ​
  • Pursue available transit-oriented development planning grants; support efforts to expand federal housing production tools ​
  • Support legislation focused on promoting progressive and equitable policing practices; engage in national discussions regarding transit’s role in advancing racial justice and equity ​
  • Advocate for a robust surface transportation reauthorization that increases investments in core transit programs and ensures long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund​
  • Advocate for a comprehensive infrastructure package that addresses the growing backlog of transit maintenance needs, expands transit system capacity, improves transit riders' experience and funds new, transformative projects​
  • Support a climate action plan that builds resiliency against extreme weather and climate change and provides funding for nationally- and regionally-significant transit and rail projects  

2021 State Goals

  • Seek state assistance to support transit operations; pursue various Senate Bill 1 and Cap & Trade grants in the 2021 program cycle​
  • Collaborate with regional stakeholders, the Legislature, and state agencies on any legislative proposals that seeks to improve transit management and governance in the Bay Area​
  • Identify funding models and state resources for transit agencies to address homelessness and related system impacts​
  • Expand eligibility for state housing funds to special districts committed to developing affordable housing​
  • Engage with state agencies on efforts to implement the Governor’s recent Executive Orders on climate change and transportation investments     ​
  • Support administrative and legislative efforts focused on police accountability, advancing racial justice and equity, and de-emphasizing the use of sworn officers as first responders for mental health and socioeconomic issues​
  • Introduce and pass sponsored legislation that addresses a specific program or goal as identified by the Board and/or staff  ​

 


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 (117th Congress, 2021 - 2022)
Bill No.
Author
Title
Position
Costa (D-CA)
High Speed Rail Corridor Development Act of 2021
 Support
Bass (D-CA)
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021
Support
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Essential Transportation Employee Safety Act of 2021
Support

 State Legislation (2021 - 2022 Session)

Bill No.
Author
Title
Position
Aguiar-Curry (D-Davis)
Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approval
Support
Bonta (D-Oakland)
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: transit-only traffic lanes
Support
Chiu (D-San Francisco)
Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)
Hate crimes: hotline
Support
Chiu (D-San Francisco)
State and local agencies: homelessness plan
Support
AB 886Bonta (D-Oakland)Vitcims of hate crimesSupport
Bloom (D-Santa Monica)
Vehicles: video imaging of parking violations
Support
Friedman (D-Burbank)
Residential and commercial development: parking requirements
Support
Wiener (D-San Francisco)
Planning and zoning: housing development: density
Support
Pan (D-Sacramento)
Office of Racial Equity
Support
Wiener (D-San Francisco)
Controlled substances: overdose prevention program
Support
Wiener (D-San Francisco)
Vehicles: road usage charge pilot program
Support
Allen (D-Redondo Beach)
Wiener (S-San Francisco)
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