Bay Area Bike Share Program
System's first phase now live with 700 bikes at 70 stations in five cities
The Bay Area Bike Share is the region’s bike sharing system with 700 bikes and 70 stations across the region launched in August 2013, with locations in San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San Jose. Intended to provide Bay Area residents and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the region, the Bay Area Bike Share is fun, easy, and affordable.
A bike sharing system consists of a fleet of specially designed, heavy-duty, very durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations located throughout a region. Bay Area bikes can be rented from and returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible combinations of start and end points.
With hundreds of bikes at stations along the peninsula, the system is available for use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The station network provides twice as many docking points as bicycles, assuring that an available dock to return your bike is always nearby.
The Bay Area Bike Share is a pilot project in a partnership among local government agencies including the Air District, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Sam-Trans, Caltrain, the County of San Mateo, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, the City of Redwood City and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The initial pilot phase is estimated to cost approximately $7 million with $1.4 million in funding provided by the Air District, $1.3 million from the local agency partners and $4.29 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
In the Bay Area, the transportation sector accounts for more than 50 percent of air pollution overall. Significant emission reductions from the transportation sector will help the Bay Area attain and maintain state and national air quality standards and reduce greenhouse gases.
Bay area residents and visitors can learn more about the bike share system at www.bayareabikeshare.com, www.facebook.com/bayareabikeshare and sfbayareabikeshare (twitter).
New SSF Ferry Schedule and Routes
SF BAY FERRY EXPANDED SERVICES FROM
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco Bay Ferry's South San Francisco service added a new 6:20 p.m. weekday departure between South San Francisco and Oakland's Jack London Square and Alameda Main. It also made minor adjustments to its South San Francisco evening schedule and added Wednesday and Friday midday service from South San Francisco to San Francisco.
"These enhancements to our South San Francisco service are in response to commuters' requests, and to our commitment to serving Peninsula residents and building ridership on the South San Francisco routes," said Ernest Sanchez, manager of public information and marketing for SF Bay Ferry.
The new schedule is as follows:
WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS to San Francisco
Depart to SSF
Arrive Ferry Building
Arrive Pier 41
WEDNESDAYS from San Francisco
Depart Pier 41
Depart Ferry Building
FRIDAYS from San Francisco
Depart Pier 41
Depart Ferry Building
For schedule, service and fare information see www.sanfranciscobayferry.com or call (415) 705-8291 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 9 PM.
Connect, Redwood City! "Downloadable Materials" Available Now
Connect, Redwood City!
Launched in September 2013, the Connect, Redwood City! pilot program provides easy, convenient, and affordable options for trips to, from, and around Redwood City. The program encourages commuters to take advantage of a variety of transportation options including bike share, vanpool, car share, and transit. Connect, Redwood City! was introduced to promote transportation alternatives that can reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips and greenhouse gas emissions.
Help us spread the word on this new program.
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Thank you for promoting Connect, Redwood City! and the cost effective and stress-free transportation options it offers. To learn more about the program, visit connectredwoodcity.com or to request a more information contact Kim Comstock at email@example.com or (650) 588-8170.
Project partners for this program include:
· San Mateo County Transit District
· The City of Redwood City
· The County of San Mateo
· Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance
· Metropolitan Transportation Commission
· San Mateo County Transportation Authority
· City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County
SB 1339 Regional Commute Benefits Update
Latest News on SB 1339 Regulations
Senate Bill 1339, signed into law in fall 2012, authorizes the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to adopt and implement a regional ordinance, known as the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Program). The Program would require employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area to select one of the following four commuter benefit options to offer to their employees:
> The option for employees to pay for their transit or vanpool expenses with pre-tax dollars, as allowed by current federal law;
> A transit or vanpool subsidy to reduce, or cover, employees’ monthly transit or vanpool costs;
> A low-cost or free shuttle, vanpool, or bus service operated by or for the employer; or
- > An alternative method that would be equally as effective as the other options in reducing single-occupant vehicle trips (and/or vehicle emissions).
- Building on the success of similar programs adopted in the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley and Richmond, as well as the San Francisco International Airport, the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program facilitates a regional approach to encourage the use of sustainable commute modes, such as public transit, ridesharing, bicycling and walking, in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.
- In Bay Area cities where these programs are already in place, most employers have chosen the pre-tax option, which can provide economic benefits to both employers and employees through tax savings. Employers can reduce payroll taxes (approximately 9 percent of subject wages), and employees can lower their commute costs by up to 40 percent.
- The Air District and the MTC are currently developing plans for adopting and implementing the Program. Additional information about the Program is available at www.baaqmd.gov/commuterbenefits.
- The Alliance is working with the MTC and BAAQMD to understand the impacts on businesses in San Mateo County. We encourage you to read the following PDF: Regional Commute Benefits Update and FAQs. If your business or organization has questions about providing pre-tax commute benefits, please contact us at the Alliance and we will guide you through the process.