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1 The Oakland Airport Connector: A Civil Rights and Transportation Justice Campaign Guillermo Mayer, Senior Staff Attorney Public Advocates Inc.

2 2009 Bay Area Transit Context Service Cuts! Fare Hikes! Layoffs!

3 2009 National Context Source: Stranded at the Station. Transportation for America/Transportation Equity Network, August 2009

4 2009 National Context Source: Stranded at the Station. Transportation for America/Transportation Equity Network, August 2009

5 Bay Area: A History of Inequity

6 MTCs Transit Expansion Program ($13.5 billion total)

7 Oakland Airport Connector Approved by Alameda County voters in Had been dead since Lack of private financing. Revived by MTCs allocation of $70M in ARRA funds.

8 BART System

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10 The Oakland Airport Connector Then vs. Now Then (2000) Now (2009). Cost: $130 million Cost: $492 million ($42M per mile)($159M per mile) 13,540 riders (2020)4,350 riders (2020) 6 minute trip16-19 minute trip 2 intermediate stops No stops $4 roundtrip fare$12 roundtrip fare ! !

11 Millions for Airport Travelers Service Cuts for Bus Riders Oakland Airport Connector $492 million AC Transit $57 million deficit (8% service already cut; 7% more cuts planned)

12 We Pushed for a Better Alternative $492 million $60 million vs.

13 BART didnt listen… but the Obama Administration did!

14 FTA Title VI Requirement: Transit agencies must evaluate significant system-wide service and fare changes and proposed improvements at the planning and programming stages to determine whether those changes have a discriminatory impact on minority and low income populations.

15 September 2009: Genesis, Public Advocates, Urban Habitat, and TransForm filed complaint with the FTA December 2009: FTA Office of Civil Rights conducts on-site investigation of BART February 2010: FTA issues decision Title VI Administrative Complaint

16 What Have We Won So Far? $70M for Transit Opportunity to revamp BARTs approach to civil rights Fed review of MTCs Title VI oversight Title VI victory echoed across the country

17 Whats Next? The fight is not over.... Plenty of lessons to be learned


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