Investing In Our Future

February 2016

Investing In Our Future

The Transportation Priorities of Silicon Valley’s Diverse Communities

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The potential 2016 transportation tax could raise as much as $6-$7 billion in the next 30 years for transportation investments and presents an opportunity to build a more robust, affordable, environmentally-friendly, and seamlessly integrated transportation system. This new system would not only meet the diverse transit needs of Silicon Valley’s current residents regardless of income, but also of the 2.4 million total South Bay residents expected by 2040.

The Transportation Justice Alliance (TJA), a diverse alliance of 18 organizations representing environmentalists, working families, transit, land use and housing advocates, legal experts, and communities of color, convened to advocate for equity and the transit access needs of low-income people, seniors, students, persons with different abilities, and working families.

From August through September 2015, the TJA and the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) co-presented four community meetings and workshops in South County, North County, Downtown San Jose, and East San Jose. The meetings provided information on the potential 2016 transit tax from VTA while soliciting meaningful input about residents’ transit needs and challenges through intensive breakout sessions.

This brief summarizes the findings from the four community meetings and workshops with more than 400 community residents in attendance. Community meeting participants were asked to rank their top 5 preferred transportation investments from a list of funding categories informed by VTA staff.

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