In a recent report of the rail transit systems in California, San Francisco's MUNI rail system received the highest grades in the Bay Area, while Santa Clara's VTA system received the lowest score.
Transportation is not just about moving people from one place to another. It also influences the way those places develop, look and function. One reason many cities and states have pursued rail and other forms of rapid transit in recent years is to create more walkable, tight-knit and environmentally friendly communities. Additionally, making sure more people have access to more opportunity is a critical factor in mobility planning in U.S. metros.
A recent report that grades rail transit systems in California also includes grading every BART station.
Are you regularly stuck in traffic, wishing that San Diego had better alternatives? In fact, the region has a robust rail transit network – the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – which could serve as a vital community asset to help drive the development of transit-oriented, thriving neighborhoods and districts. But when it comes to providing opportunities for more people to take advantage of the existing system, our station areas barely make the grade.
A statewide report from the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy and Environment, or CLEE, measuring the value public rail transit stations bring their neighborhoods ranked the Downtown Berkeley BART station among the best in BART.