MTC NEWS: MARCH/APRIL 2014
 
   
 
 
MAKE A MOVE ON TRANSPORTATION AWARDS
 
Make a Move on Transportation Awards >
The Ed Roberts Campus won the Grand Award in 2012. Photo by Noah Berger
Is your bus driver a transportation rock star? Do you know a service that provides exciting alternatives to driving alone? It's the final week of the nomination period for MTC's Excellence in Motion Award Program, which honors people and projects that have significantly improved Bay Area transportation. Act fast – the extended deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, April 4, 2014. Our online nomination form makes entering easy. Read more
 
 
 
 
MTC’S NEW HOME TAKES SHAPE
 
MTC's New Home Takes Shape >
Renovation on 375 Beale Street in San Francisco is in full swing. Photo by Kingmond Young
A dusty construction zone filled with piles of bricks, dirt and bone-like concrete columns is well on its way to becoming a vibrant regional agency headquarters that will house not only MTC, but also the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Neighbors recently got a sneak peak at this landmark in the making, mingling in the newly carved out atrium. The building at 375 Beale Street in San Francisco was built to be a military armored vehicle assembly plant during WWII and was later occupied by the U.S. Postal Service. Now, crews are retrofitting the building for seismic safety and expect to finish construction by the summer of 2015. Read more about the progress and take a photographic tour.
 
 
 
 
OAKLAND AIRPORT CONNECTOR ON TRACK
 
Oakland Airport Connector on Track >
An OAC train makes its inaugural loop between BART and the airport. Photo by Noah Berger
The East Bay will soon have its own answer to the cable car. It’s the Oakland Airport Connector, and, after a full-speed test run, it’s on track to start shuttling travelers by Thanksgiving. The OAC is a 3.2-mile cable-propelled extension of BART between the Coliseum station and Oakland International Airport. Four cars will run simultaneously in a loop, carrying passengers between BART and the airport in eight minutes. The OAC will accept BART tickets and Clipper® cards. Read more
 
 
 
 
CHANGES AFOOT ON EAST SPAN BIKE PATH
 
East Span Bike Path Changes >
The new bike path allows visitors to walk or bike along the bridge for the first time in history. Photo by Karl Nielsen
With the springtime sun out in full force, there’s never been a better time to take a ride or a stroll on the new East Span bicycle/pedestrian path. Among the changes to the popular path this spring are the installation of a new permanent Oakland approach, and the erection of a temporary gate where the suspension bridge cable touches down to the deck. The gate will be closed during weekdays and occasional Saturdays to protect cyclists and pedestrians during the demolition of the original span. A newly updated web page has all the information you need – trailhead maps, spring hours, safety guidelines – to plan a successful journey and keep abreast of the latest additions to the path. The self-anchored suspension span design provides unobstructed views of the expansive Bay and the San Francisco skyline. Read more
 
 
 
 
GEAR UP FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY
 
Bike to Work Day >
Cyclists take a break during last year’s Bike to Work Day, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Photo by Noah Berger
Bike to Work Day turns 20 this year, and we’re gearing up for a major celebration on May 8. Energizer station locations and other event details are forthcoming – but first we’d like to hear from you! Whether you’ve been commuting by bike for all 20 years or just started riding a two-wheeler to the office, we want to hear your story. You may end up featured on the official Bike to Work Day website. Email info@mtc.ca.gov or tweet @MTCBATA if interested.
 
 
 
 
SEND US YOUR BIKESHARE SELFIES
 
Bikeshare Membership >
Send MTC a selfie next time you take Bike Share for a spin. Photo by Noah Berger
Did you catch Bike Share reps handing out sweet treats at various stations earlier this month? They were celebrating Bay Area Bike Share’s half birthday, and honoring the mint-colored fleet’s loyal riders. Are you a proud six-month member? Or a rookie rider just discovering the ways of Bike Share? MTC is collecting stories and selfies from Bike Share users everywhere, to be included in an upcoming web feature. Send them to info@mtc.ca.gov or tweet @MTCBATA with the hashtag #myBikeShare. If you aren’t a member yet, there are plenty of ways to join Bike Share. A new corporate membership program allows companies to offer discounted rates to employees. Individuals can read about other options here.
 
 
 
 
SCENES FROM SOUTH BAY BART
 
Scenes from South Bay BART >
Crews do track work near the new Warm Springs station. Photo by Noah Berger
Check out the latest photos documenting the progress on BART to the South Bay, with dramatic shots of the crews laying the tracks and building the aerial structures at the station sites. View gallery
 
 
 
 
BAY TRAIL’S BEAUTY DISPLAYED AT PHOTO SHOW
 
 
 
 
 
RULE CALLS FOR MORE WORKPLACE COMMUTE PERKS
 
Rule Calls for More Commute Perks >
A carpool subsidy is on the menu of commuter benefit options. Keith Brofsky/Getty Images
At its monthly meeting in March, MTC approved the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, a joint pilot program with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District that requires Bay Area employers with 50 or more employees to offer their workers one of four commuter benefit options in order to comply with California Senate Bill 1339, signed into law in October 2012. Commuter benefits encourage employees to take transit, vanpool, carpool, bicycle and walk rather than drive alone to work. For more information, go to commuterbenefits.511.org/
 
 
 
 
DRIVE SMART WITH 511
 
Drive Smart with 511 >
When driving on freeways, reducing your speed can improve your gas mileage by 15 percent. Photo by Kriss Russell
Now you can use your smartphone to save the planet, thanks to 511’s new Smart Driving pilot program. Drivers who commute by car in the Bay Area and use an Android smartphone with a data plan can sign up to test out apps aimed at improving driving habits and fuel efficiency. The first 250 applicants to qualify will receive a $40 bonus gift card. More info on eligibility and the application process can be viewed here.
 
 
 
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