Sunday April 30 - Picnic and Write Your Legislature - With elected officials
Start: Sunday, April 30, 2023•12:00 PM
On Sunday, April 30th at noon join us as we write letters to the governor and state representatives urging them to fund transit. The event is co-hosted by Seamless Bay Area, San Francisco Transit Riders, Streets for People and Friends of Caltrain. We’ll also be joined by State Senator Scott Weiner, BART President and Board Director Janice Li, and other elected officials!
What: Letter Writing Event to Fund Transit
When: Sunday, April 30th at 12pm
Where: Dolores Park, San Francisco (location: benches by the playground)
Why does transit need state funding?
As federal COVID relief funds draw down and transit ridership remains well below pre-pandemic levels, Bay Area transit agencies are faced with large budget shortfalls. Revenue deficits for all 27 Bay Area transit agencies are estimated around $3 billion over the next 5 years.
In light of this dire situation, state funding will be essential to avoid the fiscal cliff and help improve the system to regrow ridership.
Without new revenue streams, agencies will have to make tough decisions to cut back on transit service (such as eliminating routes, reduced frequencies, and less weekend service), fare hikes, and transit agency staff layoffs. We cannot afford to let our transit agencies flounder. This would be a disaster for marginalized communities, our state’s climate goals, and all California residents.
How can you help?
By joining our letter writing event on April 30th! You’ll be in good company with transit advocates from all around the Bay. Through our collective efforts and petitioning of the state legislature, we can ensure transit agencies have the necessary funds to sustain services in the immediate future and build back ridership in the years to come.
Thank you and we’ll see you at Dolores Park!