It should be easy to do the right thing. Walking and biking to transit reduces pollution and improves public health. Bay Area residents deserve safe and easy access to transit.
The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) adopted by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in April 2009 promised $50 Million each in funding over the next 5 years for Safe Routes to Transit (SR2T) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) as part of their Climate Action Plan. However, in MTC's recent proposal for programming federal funding, they have limited their funding for SR2T to evaluation of the program with no money to continue to build improvements to ensure safe and easy access to regional transit.
We request that MTC follow through on the promises made in the Regional Transportation Plan and fund a minimum of $18 million of new SR2T improvements and $18 million for Safe Routes to School in the 2010-2012 STP/CMAQ funding cycle. We realize that this is a tough economic time and funding for many programs are being reduced, but it is unacceptable to completely eliminate funding for such an important program as SR2T that was promised to the public in the RTP after more than 2 years of public process.
This petition will be mailed to MTC on November 24th, 2009. If you support our efforts to fund safe and easy access to transit, please sign below.
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) represents local bicycle coalitions in the San Francisco Bay Area on issues of regional significance. BABC's mission is to promote safe and enjoyable bicycling for everyday transportation and recreation.
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For more information on Safe Routes to Transit please visit http://www.bayareabikes.org/savesr2t
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