Expanding Transit Options
Kate’s proposal for a free AC Transit pilot program to increase bus ridership through an investment in reliable zero-emissions public transportation is before the Council this year. She is also proposing allocating the $2 million in Uber and Lyft tax revenues to prioritize transit upgrades (like efficient bus lanes and better bus shelters) as well as quick build bike and pedestrian improvements.
For our city’s older population, taxi vouchers are vital for living an active life. We working with the state’s Public Utilities Commission and Alameda County to explore the legal viability of mandating that rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft accept this subsidy.
The Future of Motorized Transportation
Not everyone can at all times use alternatives to cars. Kate’s 2020 legislation requires that the municipal fleet become all-electric by 2035, with all passenger vehicles transitioned by 2030. She has secured an agreement with East Bay Community Energy to install 90 electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging spots in the City. These ”gas stations of the future” will help us overcome the biggest barrier to wider EV adoption with publicly accessible and reliable charging infrastructure for residents without garages or driveways. For a small upfront City investment, within ten years the City will recoup revenues from the charging stations, revenues that can be reinvested into other climate and infrastructure upgrades. This is a triple win for our residents, the climate and City finances.