Article 3 funds from the state Transportation Development Act (TDA-3) are a small but important source of funding for local pedestrian bicycle projects. Earlier this year, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) put forth a proposal to revise the guidelines governing the prerequisites for use of these funds. California WALKS and several of our Bay Area Network Affilliates submitted comments to the MTC to expand the existing Advisory Committee requirement to include pedestrians, to maintain the Advisory Committee requirement in order to receive TDA-3 funds, to expand review of TDA-3 project proposals to include pedestrian projects as well as bicycle projects, and to update the list of eligible projects to incorporate many more pedestrian projects and treatments.
Though many of our recommendations were included in the revised TDA-3 guidelines proposal, the June 11 version of the guidelines removed the requirement for cities and towns to maintain a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). In concert with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, and many other Bay Area walk and bike advocates, Cal WALKS submitted comments to the MTC Programming & Allocations Committee calling for the restoration of the BPAC requirement. With a strong showing from walk and bike advocates, the Committee unanimously voted to restore the BPAC requirement–however, MTC staff restored the status quo requirement for a Bicycle Aavisory Committee (BAC), while leaving pedestrians out in the cold!
On June 26 after much debate and public comment, the full MTC voted to retain a critical BPAC requirement to receive TDA-3 funds, and strengthened this requirement to ensure that pedestrian projects and review of pedestrian projects will be reviewed by BPACs from now on. We are thrilled that MTC Commissioners supported this critical shift in policy and strongly believe that BPAC review of TDA-3 pedestrian and bicycle projects will help us increase active transportation in the Bay Area!
Thank you San Francisco Supervisors David Campos and Scott Wiener, San José Council Member Sam Liccardo, Rohnert Park Council Member Jake Mackenzie, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd, and Anne Halsted representing the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission for your strong support of walking, bicycling, and Complete Streets in the Bay Area!