December 3, 2007

 

BRIDGE DISTRICT BOARD TO CONSIDER ADOPTION AND SUBMITTAL OF SHORT-RANGE TRANSIT PLAN FOR REGIONAL BUS AND FERRY SERVICE TO MTC

On December 14, 2007, the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) will consider adopting and approving the submittal of the District’s Short-Range Transit Plan for Regional Bus and Ferry Service for Fiscal Years 2008-2017 to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) at their 10 am meeting in the Board Room, second floor, Admin Building.

MTC has adopted new requirements for the Short-Range Transit Plans (SRTP) submitted by transit operators in the Bay Area. A full SRTP is required once every four years; in other years, transit operators must submit a “mini-SRTP”. This year the District is required to submit a full SRTP.

The SRTP requires formal adoption by the submitting agency. In August 2007, the draft SRTP was submitted to MTC and presented for comment to the District’s three advisory committees: Ferry Passengers Advisory Committee (FPAC), Bus Passengers Advisory Committee (BPAC), and Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA). It was also sent to Marin County Transit District (MCTD) for its review.

The SRTP consists of an Overview of the bus and ferry transit system, including:

  • History and current status
  • Service and System Evaluation
  • Operations Plan
  • Operations Budge
  • Capital Improvement Program

The District’s addresses regional bus and ferry services and does not provide an evaluation of local bus service contracted by MCTD. The SRTP is consistent with the District’s Strategic Financial Plan and follows MTC guidelines for drafting of these documents. It includes this brief description of how the District will address its projected budget shortfall:

GGBHTD financial projections show that the rate of increase for expenses tends to exceed the rate of increase for revenues. This operating deficit is met primarily by Golden Gate Bridge surplus toll revenues. GGBHTD maintains an ongoing effort to update its financial plan to eliminate the deficit. This effort focuses on a mixture of cost reductions and revenue increases from user fees (fares, tolls, contract rates), other operating revenues and subsidies. The Service and System Evaluation section earlier in this chapter identifies the least productive services that would be candidates for reduction or elimination. Although cutting service is inevitably a hardship for riders on the affected routes, all reductions are undertaken after a public notification process and an impact analysis that includes examination of alternate means of travel. Currently, GGBHTD has no plans for major service reduction and is seeking new revenue sources to sustain existing regional bus and ferry services.

Submission of an adopted SRTP is a prerequisite to continued state and regional funding of District’s transit program.

To obtain a copy of the SRTP: email districtsecretary@goldengate.org or call 415-923-2223.