FW: Can you sign this letter to help avert a fiscal cliff for transit service?
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While it's true that VTA is not due to run out of federal COVID relief money for transit operations until 2028, other transit agencies are not so lucky. BART and Caltrain alone are due to run out at the end of this year.
I want to sign on to this letter tomorrow morning urging the State Legislature to provide gap funding for transit operations for VTA and all transit agencies in California. See text below for more details.
What are your feelings and ideas on this "fiscal cliff" many transit agencies are facing, or will soon face? Please discuss and suggest.
Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Transit Users
From: JQ, Seamless Bay Area <jq.fern.ramos@...>
Sent: Friday, January 6, 2023 5:09 PM
To: Ebradley <ebradley@...>
Subject: Can you sign this letter to help avert a fiscal cliff for transit service?
Dear Coalition Member,
This year, Bay Area transit agencies are starting to face a fiscal cliff. Federal Covid relief funding - that helped keep service running and prevent job cuts in the depths of the pandemic - is starting to run out and Bay Area operators forecast annual budget shortfalls of hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years. Can your organization sign onto a letter calling for urgent transit gap funding from the 2023 state budget?
While riders are returning to transit, they’re not coming back fast enough to avert the fiscal cliff. If we don’t identify short-term funding to keep transit going, that could force service cuts and fare increases that would harm riders who depend on transit, and would take our region further from achieving our climate, equity and access goals.
VPT coalition members are helping to lead a statewide initiative to seek funding to bridge the fiscal gap. This urgent campaign compliments our ongoing work for a regional funding measure to support abundant, affordable, accessible public transportation. By partnering with Bay Area transit agencies and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to drive this initiative, we are building a stronger, more unified voice that can ensure public transit in the Bay Area transit will survive and thrive. But it won’t be easy in what is expected to be a difficult budget year.
We need your help to demonstrate widespread support for vital transit operations funding:
Thanks for joining in. With your help we will save Bay Area public transit and pave the way for more equitable, accessible, abundant public transportation.
Seamless Bay Area
Friends of Caltrain / https://greencaltrain.com
Seamless Bay Area / https://seamlessbayarea.org
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