Fighting For Reliable, Safe, Expanded Public Transportation

An efficient and fully-funded transportation system - particularly public transportation, high speed rail, a comprehensive bike network, walkable neighborhoods, and well-maintained roads - is essential to our region's economy, environment, and quality of life. Scott Wiener is a leading transportation advocate in San Francisco and regionally and will fight hard for sustainable transportation policies and funding in the State Senate. Scott particularly fights for better investment in public transportation - including Muni, BART, and Caltrain - and expanding our transit systems' capacity and reliability.

Better transit is personal for Scott, who has been a daily Muni rider for nearly 20 years and relies on transit as his primary way of getting around. Scott won the San Francisco Transit Riders' 22-Day Muni Challenge for elected officials, riding Muni 106 times in 22 days.

Scott was named “Most Active Transportation Reformer,” and the San Francisco Chronicle has stated that Scott “has made a mission of getting Muni on track.” Scott authored Proposition B, which ties transit funding to population growth and authored legislation to ensure that developers pay transit impact fees to take into account the transportation impacts of their projects. He authored legislation to create a subway master plan and wrote a widely circulated piece entitled "San Francisco Should Always Have a Subway Under Construction." Scott authored legislation to require a late night transit plan and helped put that plan together and begin implementing it. He authored legislation to make it easier to provide car sharing and played a key role in creating the Bay Area's bike share system. Scott is a leader in the effort to improve bike infrastructure, including protected bike lanes and works to create safer street design for all users, including pedestrians and cyclists. On a regional level, Scott is helping move forward the effort to plan for and fund a second Transbay tube for BART (including 24 hour BART service) and future high speed rail service, and he helped negotiate a regional agreement to ensure that high speed rail extends to the Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco.

Scott serves as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (the Bay Area’s regional transportation planning and funding agency), and as a member of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation Board of Directors. Scott works with leaders around the region to improve regional connectivity.

Scott believes that being a "transit first" city doesn't mean torturing people out of their cars. Rather, it means giving people so many great choices about how to get around, that for people who want to give up their cars or simply drive less, they have that option. Many people will always need to drive, whether for work, kids, or other reasons. But, many people who currently drive would drive less or not at all if they had better, more reliable options. Our job is to provide those improved options.

Leading on Public Transportation

A daily Muni rider for nearly 20 years, Scott is the leading advocate in City Hall for improved public transportation, whether fighting for better investment in our transit systems, lobbying the state and federal government for more resources, working locally and regionally to expand transit capacity, or pushing for long-term visionary subway expansions - including extending Caltrain and High Speed downtown and building a second transbay tube - Scott fights hard for better transit. He will be a leader in the State Senate in the fight for more resources for transit and more progressive transportation policies that move our state in a sustainable direction. For example:

  • Scott authored legislation requiring a Subway Master Plan, with a goal of expanding subway service to more parts of San Francisco. That planing process is nearly complete.
  • Scott authored a ballot measure thing transit funding to population growth. The voters overwhelmingly passed the measure.
  • Scott co-authored and championed a transportation bond and a sales tax for transit improvements for Muni, BART, and Caltrain.
  • Scott authored legislation to, for the first time, require residential developments to pay transportation impact fees, with proceeds invested in our transit systems and street safety improvements.
  • Scott works closely with Muni to modernize and replace Muni's aging fleet, including its light rail vehicles. Scott is also delivering funds for BART to implement its own vehicle replacement and expansion program, in order to reduce over-crowding.
  • Scott works regularly with regional partners in other counties and with BART and Caltrain officials to ensure our region operates in unison.

Making High Speed Rail a Reality

High speed rail is essential to California's economy, environment, and quality of life. Scott champions high speed rail and will fight for it in the State Senate. Scott played a key role in achieving regional consensus for extending Caltrain and high speed rail to downtown San Francisco (to the Transbay Transit Center), and he works regularly with regional and statewide transit partners to move toward a true statewide and regional rail system.

Better Late Night Transit

San Francisco and the Bay Area are active 24 hours a day, yet it's remarkably hard to get around late night and early morning. Scott believes our transit systems need to have more late night service, including moving toward 24-hour BART. Scott authored legislation to require a planning process for improved late night transportation. Scott worked with a group of experts and advocates and crafted a plan that is currently being implemented. Already, as a result of this plan, we've seen improved overnight bus service in San Francisco and regionally.

Fixing Our Roads

Having safe and well-maintained roads is a key function of government and matters in terms of a safe and reliable transportation system for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders. San Francisco allowed its roads to deteriorate for decades. Scott helped lead a renewed effort to invest in our roads. Scott led the 2011 streets bond and fights in the budget every year for road funding. Scott is currently pursuing a ballot measure that will create long-term dedicated road maintenance funding.

Making It Easier/Safer to Bike and Walk

Scott believes that a true transit-first city requires great bike infrastructure and walkable neighborhoods. Our streets aren't safe enough, with far too many collisions and fatalities, and Scott champions Vision Zero, to end fatalities and serious injuries on our streets. He advocates intensively for completing our city's bike plan, with increased bike lanes and protected bike lanes. Scott played a key role bringing bike sharing to the Bay Area. Scott fights for safer street design, including pedestrian bulbouts, wider sidewalks, and overall more urban street design. He has authored various pieces of legislation to require better inter-departmental coordination on street design improvements and to change our fire code to allow for safer streets. Scott also championed various funding measures to generate investment in this critical need and delivered funding for street safety projects, including the transformational Castro Street sidewalk widening and improvements on Upper Market Street and in Noe Valley, Glen Park, and the Mission.

Reducing Double Parking

Scott advocates for better enforcement against double parking. While double parking is, at times, unavoidable, we have developed a culture in San Francisco where people leave their cars and trucks in the middle of the street, causing traffic jams, blocking Muni, and obstructing bike lanes. Scott has called on the police and MTA to increase enforcement against this disruptive activity.

More Car Sharing, Taxis, Ride Sharing

Scott believes that to reduce the number of cars in our city and region, we need to provide people with options. In addition to transit and a great bike network, people need easy access to car sharing services, scooter sharing services, ride shares, and taxis. Scott is a vocal advocate for policies that promote these services. He authored legislation to make it easier to add car sharing in new developments and has spoken out in favor of on-street car sharing and scooter sharing.

Helping College Students Afford Transit

College students in San Francisco struggle in many respects, particularly around housing. Transportation costs are also a significant burden for students. In addition to authoring legislation to expand the amount of student housing in San Francisco, Scott worked closely with San Francisco State University, BART, and regional transit authorities to craft a discounted BART pass for students. This discount program can serve as a model for other universities.

Treating Owners of Towed Stolen Cars Fairly

When your car is stolen, you're a victim. If the car is then dumped and towed, you shouldn't be victimized again by having to pay exorbitant towing and storage fees. Scott worked to change our towing contract to waive fees and provide a significant storage fee grace period for owners of towed stolen vehicles.

Allowing Private Shuttles

Scott strongly supports a role for private shuttles in San Francisco. Whether provided by an employer - such as UCSF or Google - or a university, these shuttles help people get around and to work or school without having to drive. Scott vocally advocates that while the shuttles must be well-regulated in order not to interfere with Muni or disrupt neighborhoods, the regulations must not go so far as to make the shuttles unusable. Scott objected to recent actions by the MTA to restrict shuttle access.

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