What’s more, if you value transit-intensive core cities, places like San Francisco and Oakland, or if you want your city to be more like those places, you have an especially strong reason to want local control.
These places need more transit than the whole region wants on average, so they struggle to get adequate service from the regional transit agency, whose decisions will tend to converge on the average regional opinion.
There are some problems with this idea, chiefly that BART needs those parking lots.
A BART spokesperson tells Curbed SF that on weekdays parking at all but two or three stations is full by 8 a.m. [Update: Tech For Housing writer Jeff Andrade-Fong suggests “Consolidating parking in an above ground structure of moving it underground.”] There are also practical hurdles for a public transit agency suddenly diving into housing development in two dozen cities with different rules, and to getting the public on board with the idea.
The Bay Area’s particular challenge is that it has no recognized central city.
Instead, it’s named after an obstacle, the Bay, and its geography of bays and hills provides natural psychological divides.
.” Transit advocates are urging MTC to use the opportunity to create a more seamless fare system, and remove barriers that could allow Clipper payments on both the region’s transit agencies and “first-and-last-mile” trip services.
Transit riders can currently use the Clipper card to pay fares on the Bay Area’s seven largest transit agencies (Muni, BART, AC Transit, VTA, Caltrain, Sam Trans, Golden Gate) and the San Francisco Bay Ferry, and it’s set to include several other smaller transit agencies by 2016.
Concentrating development on top of transit nodes would also mitigate congestion on our roadways.
And if BART were able to influence development around its network, it could redirect passenger load in directions where the system has slack capacity.
A one-way trip during rush hour between Daly City and Menlo Park, located 25 miles apart in San Mateo County, takes under an hour via BART and Caltrain, but costs .80.