While individuals and companies arrive in droves to the Bay Area in search of funding, taken as a whole, the metro area is woefully behind when it comes to funding number of crucial transit undertakings. A mere three of the top 20 most-critical Bay Area transportation projects are fully funded according to a study by TRIP, which ranked them as such with Caltrans and Metropolitan Transportation Commission data in the order according to which they thought the projects had the greatest capacity to reduce congestion.
The Chronicle, who covered the TRIP study, explains that each project was assigned a rating of green, yellow, or red based on its funding level. According to that assessment, 11 have only partial or yellow funding, TRIP observed, and six don't have enough funding to begin until 2020 at the earliest, putting them in the red category.
“When you look at the most critically needed projects," TRIP spokesperson Rocky Moretti tells the Chron, "the ones that are going to keep the system moving and keep people safe, most of those don’t have the funds they need."
Among the least funded projects — you guessed it — is the Transbay Transit Center, a project now casting about for its second phase of funding.
The hold up comes from blockage at a number of levels, including the state and national level. “Giving a green light to critically needed transportation projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the state is going to require increased funding from all levels of government," read a statement from TRIP executive director Will Wilkins.
Here, the breakdown, which is also available here in greater detail.
- 1: Maintenance and improvement of local roads, streets and highways. Yellow.
- 2: Region-wide improvements to BART, Muni, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and AC Transit. Yellow.
- 3: Seismic retrofitting of Golden Gate Bridge. Yellow.
- 4: Construction of regional express lane network. Yellow.
- 5: BART extension to downtown San Jose, Santa Clara. Yellow.
- 6: Infrastructure improvements at Port of Oakland and Oakland Army Base. Yellow.
- 7: Reconstruction and improvements to Interstate 680-Highway 4 interchange In Martinez. Red.
- 8: BART Transbay Tube seismic retrofit. Green.
- 9: Replacement and expansion of Transbay Transit Center. Green.
- 10: Region-wide maintenance of state highways and bridges. Yellow.
- 11: Interstate 80-Interstate 680-Highway 12 interchange improvements in Solano County. Red.
- 12: BART Metro program to expand capacity, service on the central core of the system. Red.
- 13: Region-wide freeway ramp metering and other technological traffic management. Yellow.
- 14: Implementing VTA express lane network throughout Santa Clara Valley. Yellow.
- 15: Construction of Caltrain rail extension to Transbay Transit Center. Red.
- 16: Central Subway. Green.
- 17: Highway 152 realignment and widening between highways 101 and 156 in Santa Clara County. Red.
- 18: Marin-Sonoma Narrows widening. Yellow.
- 19: Maintenance and operations of state toll bridge system. Yellow.
- 20: San Francisco congestion pricing program. Red.