One of the more mysterious parts of the transportation budget associated with the $60 vehicle license fee is a total of $10m intended for “transit access” projects. The Transit Master Plan (about which the first open house occurs tonight, October 18th) devotes Chapter 5 to the kind of projects that this money could fund.
It’s not as meticulously engineered and costed as the bus priority corridor work in Chapter 3, but it should give readers a better understanding of what this money could accomplish.
The first part of the document is a set of policies in principles that basically read as mom-and-apple-pie to the STB set. But then, there’s a 20-year plan for some key transit facilities across the city, as indicated in the map above and spelled out below the jump:
I started out pretty skeptical about this whole funding arena because I’m a big speed/reliability/capacity guy. It turns out, however, that a lot of these improvements will in fact make transit trips faster (see especially, off-board payment) and the rest are worthy projects even if they’re not precisely in my wheelhouse.