Treasure Island decongestion pricing to fuel comprehensive transit and equity program

On Tuesday, November 27th, the members of the Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency Committee will review the latest steps in crafting a comprehensive transportation program for Treasure Island, which is expected to see an influx of thousands of new residents and workers starting in mid-2021 when new buildings open.

A comprehensive program supporting sustainable transportation choices:

The innovative package has features including:

  • required purchase of an integrated transit pass that covers all of the transit modes that TI residents and workers will use on a regular basis, including Muni, AC Transit, and Ferries
  • improved equity for low-income residents, with a 50% discount on monthly transit passes for residents of Below Market Rate housing and for low-income workers, plus toll credit for frequent transit use
  • new bus, ferry, shuttle, and bike share services to improve connections to/from the rest of the world, and from homes and offices to transit
  • support for current residents transitioning to the new program, with $300 per month for the first five years, phasing out in the sixth year

Rather than asking residents, workers, developments and employers to have to cherrypick which transit services they might want to use, and buy multiple tickets or passes for each color vehicle, the program bundles the logical set of services into one understandable transit package usable with Clipper.

For an island with limited road access and an easy-to-reach transit customer base, the tolling proposal is an even stronger incentive to use nondriving options than the growing regional network of managed lanes. Tolls are proposed to be charged for passenger carpools and motor cycles, but transit vehicles, shuttles, vanpools and bicycles would be exempt.  The price at launch is proposed to be $3.50 peak, $1 offpeak, and $1 weekend.

December decisions

TIMMA board members are the members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, with a special role to focus on Treasure Island, authorized by custom legislation allowing the City to charge the tolls and invest the funds in transportation services for TI residents, workers, and visitors).

After feedback Tuesday morning, the program will be brought back to the board for approval in December 2018.  Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled for 11:00 AM, Room 250, San Francisco City Hall. You can send comments or questions to  treasure-island@sfcta.org.

A model for the future?

This innovative and comprehensive program can provide food for thought and inspiration for managed lane programs being crafted in San Mateo County for 101, and for the broader decongestion pricing program that San Francisco is starting to contemplate.  

The program doesn’t just charge for driving to discourage traffic congestion, it reinvests the funds into a packaged suite of mobility services and equity programs, so that people of all income levels who choose not to drive can make those choices conveniently and affordably.

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