How would a fast, reliable and seamlessly integrated public transit system improve life in the San Francisco Bay Area?
To answer this question, Seamless Bay Area developed a map of an improved, regionally integrated transit network - called the Seamless Network Vision Map. In a partnership with Interline, and funded by a grant from Microsoft, the Seamless Network Vision Map was modeled to understand how it would make it faster and easier to get around the Bay Area on transit. The maps and tables on the following pages summarize this analysis.
The analysis suggest that, if the vision were implemented:
People low-income communities will have better access to job opportunities:
X x x
Major job centers will have more access to employees
More people will have access to high quality public transit:
More people will use public transit, and there will be fewer cars on the road, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.
X and x
While Seamless Network Vision Map is just one concept of what a world-class transit system would look like in the Bay Area (we have compiled a collection of other visions we also like here), this analysis is representative of the scale of benefits that seamless integration of transit, combined with large increases in investment in our transit system, would bring.
Our region’s ability to realize a vision like the Seamless Network Map, however, requires clear regional leadership, effective and accountable transit agencies, adequate funding, and alignment of purpose across the Bay Area, which we sorely lack. Unfortunately at present, our public institutions that plan, deliver, and operate public transit don’t work together effectively, and lack the scale, professionalism, leadership, and funding to be able to deliver a seamlessly integrated transit system at the level of ambition of the Seamless Network Vision.
Seamless Bay Area’s efforts to advance reforms to Bay Area transportation governance directly support improving the capacity and accountability of our public institutions so that they can plan and deliver a system that more closely resembles Seamless Network Vision - a network that appropriately reflects our region’s tremendous wealth, innovation, and commitment to sustainability and equality of opportunity.