In the Bay Area, countywide transportation agencies wield significant power over the use of billions of dollars in transportation funding. These little-known “Congestion Management Agencies” – such as CCTA in Contra Costa County, ACTC in Alameda County, and VTA in Santa Clara County – have influence not only within their individual counties but across the nine-county region, through the adoption of long-range transportation plans and sales tax expenditure plans.
Public Advocates co-coordinates the 6 Wins Network , a coalition of more than 20 grassroots, policy, faith, and labor organizations across the Bay Area focused on targeting and shaping the regional housing and transportation plan called Plan Bay Area. The plan will determine how nearly $300 billion in transportation money will be spent and how the region will house more than 2 million new residents over the next 25 years. Public Advocates and the 6 Wins Network aim to ensure that Plan Bay Area will result in more affordable housing near jobs and transit, robust and affordable local transit service, investment without displacement, healthy and safe communities, access to quality jobs, and greater power for low-income communities of color in local and regional decision-making.
Public Advocates works with statewide and community partners to ensure that investments made using from state Cap-and-Trade revenues reduce greenhouse gas emissions result in affordable, accessible and reliable public transit for low-income riders.