60% of Berkeley’s carbon emissions originate in our transportation sector. The Bay Area leads the nation in the number of super-commuters. District 2 abuts I-80 and contains portions of California State Routes 13 and 123. Some of Berkeley’s streets with the highest rates for bicycle and pedestrian auto-related injury fall in West Berkeley. Despite this, District 2 has access to Amtrak, bicycle routes, and AC Transit with connections to North Berkeley and Ashby BART. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically damaged our transit agencies, with drivers and operators severely impacted on the front lines. Meanwhile, low ridership has put local transit agencies in fiscal jeopardy with potential service reduction posing the greatest threat to marginalized transit-dependent commuters.
As your District 2 City Councilmember, I plan to:
- Collaborate with regional leaders to ensure that transit agencies have the resources to maintain their quality of service and protect workers and riders.
- Protect and honor transit workers’ union labor contracts.
- Promote design standards and budget priorities aligned with Berkeley’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities.
- Advocate for safer pedestrian crossings, continuous protected bike lane networks, and minimizing parking demand from new construction along San Pablo Avenue.
- Advocate for bringing ferry service to the Marina and launch an electric fleet of fare-free shuttles serving young people, seniors, and West Berkeley commuters.
- Collaborate with Caltrans to ensure that Ashby and San Pablo receive improved infrastructure for pedestrian, cyclist and transit rider safety.