NEWS & PRESS
Our advocacy in the media
NEWS: SILICON VALLEY BUS DRIVERS RESTORED COMMUNITY RIDES FOR FREE—BY TAKING MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS
February 17, 2021
Activism by Silicon Valley bus drivers and the Voices coalition spurred VTA to restore rear-door boarding and suspend fare collection in the midst of the pandemic.
NEWS | BAY AREA TRANSIT UNIONS JOIN FORCES TO WIN SAFETY PROTECTIONS AND BEAT BACK LAYOFFS
January 12, 2021
Before Covid, transit unions in the Bay Area often struggled in isolation. But during the pandemic, they got together with the Voices for Public Transportation Coalition and forced reluctant politicians to make Covid safety a priority.
NEWS | TRANSPANDEMIC: CAN BART, AC TRANSIT SURVIVE ECONOMIC TOLL OF CORONAVIRUS?
October 14, 2020
Bay Area public transportation hangs in the balance as ridership, funding plunge due to outbreak. The main objection to the plan was that it would "fail to provide concrete standards or specific requirements," said Monica Mallon.
NEWS | LISTENING TO VOICES FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: WORK NOW TO BUILD A BETTER BALLOT INITIATIVE FOR 2022
October 2, 2020
The Voices for Public Transportation Coalition is pushing for a progressive revenue source. These funds would boost operations on the transit we already have, and reduce fares. It would boost ridership, create good green jobs, and reduce carbon emissions.
PRESS RELEASE | POLLING RESULTS
May 7, 2020
A recent poll of likely Bay Area voters showed that an income tax surcharge on incomes over one million dollars is more popular than a sales tax as a way to fund regional transportation improvements. The poll also showed that even amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Bay Area residents see the importance of investing in and improving public transportation in the long term.
NEWS | "FASTER BAY AREA" HITS THE BRAKES
March 23, 2020
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NEWS ARTICLE | PLAN FOR $100 BILLION BAY AREA TRANSPORTATION 'MEGA MEASURE" ON HOLD, WITH ALL EYES ON CORONAVIRUS
March 17, 2020
“Of course this pandemic changes everything, and a transportation funding measure may not make sense to put on the ballot this year,” said Hayley Currier, policy advocacy manager for the group TransForm, an organization belonging to the coalition, Voices for Public Transportation.
NEWS ARTICLE | TRANSPORTATION TAXES FLOPPED ON SUPER TUESDAY. IS THAT BAD NEWS FOR THE BAY AREA'S 'MEGA-MEASURE'?
March 5, 2020
“Last night told us that people are tired of sales taxes,” said Currier, whose organization had backed Measure J in Contra Costa County. “It’s time to think about a new way to fund the public transportation we so desperately need. It’s time to ask corporations who profit off of our region to pay their fair share.”