The Bay Area Transportation Justice Working Group
An Effective Practice
Adequate transportation options are necessary for the well-being of families and communities. The San Francisco Department of Public Health strives to address transportation needs, especially those of "transit dependent" populations, through their participation in the Bay Area Transportation Justice Working Group (TJWG). The TJWG is a collaboration of economic and environmental justice, public and environmental health, transportation and land use, labor, homeless, housing, and youth organizations with specialties in planning, research, policy-making, development, and organizing. These organizations have come together to define a regional transportation agenda and to advocate for improved social and economic equity in transportation planning, funding, and policy-making.
Goal / Mission
The goal of the Transportation Justice Working Group is to increase awareness of the relationship between transportation and health.
Results / Accomplishments
Beginning in fall 2003, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission developed a process to assess how much funding should be designated for the Bay Area "Lifeline Transportation Network," a set of transit policies that were designed to increase transit access and improve transit service for low-income and minority communities. The TJWG played an active role in advocating for increased funding through a series of actions - press conferences, speaking publicly and turning out advocates at MTC hearings, writing letters and opinion-editorials, and targeting specific MTC board members with education materials. In the end, the TJWG successfully compelled the MTC to increase the amount of funding it would put towards its Lifeline program. The TJWG also actively worked in support of CA Regional Measure 2, a $1 bridge toll increase for transit which was approved by voters in March 2004. Revenue from Measure 2 will go to funding transit programs that ease commuting experiences for Bay Area residents.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Lili Farhang, Epidemiologist
Transportation / Public Transportation
Health / Environmental & Occupational Health
Health / Wellness & Lifestyle
- San Francisco Department of Public Health
- National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
- Date of publication
- Date of implementation
- Geographic Type
- San Francisco, CA
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