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About Us

For well over a decade, Silicon Valley Leadership Group member companies have identified transportation and housing as their top one and two public policy issues that need to be addressed in our region. This has guided our organization’s intense effort to deliver solutions.

The Leadership Group is well known for its accomplishments related to transportation policy and funding. We have led or co-led every transportation measure in Santa Clara County dating back to 1984, which kicked-off the self-help movement in California.


Our Team

Jason Baker
Vice President, Transportation, Housing and Community Development
jbaker@svlg.org
408.501.7884
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Matthew Quevedo
Director, Transportation, Housing and Community Development
mquevedo@svlg.org
408.501.7870
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Transportation Committee

About

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group and its Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) advocate for Silicon Valley’s long-term economic health and quality of life by increasing the ease in which Silicon Valley employees, residents, products and cargo move through and within the Valley. The goal of the Transportation Policy Committee is to improve transportation in a manner that minimizes our impact on the environment.

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Meetings

Meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of each month from 11:00AM – 1:00PM. These meetings generally include:

  • Speaker presentations from external transportation agencies, companies or government officials.
  • Informative briefings about SVLG policy advocacy at the Local, State and Federal levels
  • Briefings on Transportation plans for transportation agencies and departments
  • Special Announcements

A full agenda packet with location information, previous meeting minutes and policy briefing papers is distributed at least one week in advance.

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Co-Chairs

Ron Gonzales, Presencia LLC./Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

Michael Alba, Facebook

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Transportation Workplan

Regional Transportation Initiatives

Staff Lead: Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Jason Baker, Vice President of Transportation, Housing and Community Development, Matthew Quevedo, Director of Transportation, Housing and Community Engagement

Executive Champions: Aidan Hughes, Arup

Priority: Advocate and participate in the development of expenditure plans, policy frameworks and placement on the ballot, of a three-county Caltrain Measure and/or a nine-county Bay Area Transformative Transportation Measure.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Develop a strong coalition and nascent political committee committed to funding and leading a 2020 Caltrain Measure and/or a Potential Transformative Transportation Measure.
  • Achieve formal commitment by SamTrans and/or MTC leadership to conduct the formal pre-campaign public outreach effort required ahead of 2020 ballot measure placement.
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BART Opening Celebration and Advocacy

Staff Lead: Jason Baker, Vice President of Transportation, Housing and Community Development, Matthew Quevedo, Director of Transportation, Housing and Community Engagement

Executive Champion:

Priority: Plan and execute an event that celebrates the success and opening of BART to Silicon Valley, Phase 1. Continue advocacy at the Federal, State and Local levels for BART funding and desired implementation.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Complete trip to Sacramento/Washington D.C. advocating for BART at the State and Federal level.
  • Complete event that celebrates the completion of BART Phase I.
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Innovative Mobility Solutions

Staff Lead: Matthew Quevedo, Director of Transportation, Housing and Community Engagement, Jason Baker, Vice President of Transportation, Housing and Community Development

Executive Champion:

Priority: Advocate for projects and service changes that promote transit ridership and reduce traffic congestion along the Peninsula including HOV Toll Lanes and increasing Caltrain Ridership.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Successful completion of the Caltrain Business Plan, and advocate for Highway 101 Managed Lane, Dumbarton Bridge and Diridon Station efforts in 2019.
  • Ensure plans focused on the Business Plan, Electrification, Managed Lane Project, Dumbarton Bridge and Diridon Station reflects Leadership Group efforts and priorities to reduce SOV ridership and maximize commuter rail ridership along the corridor (2019).  
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Caltrain Corridor/Highway 101 Solutions

Staff Lead: Jason Baker, Vice President of Transportation, Housing and Community Development, Matthew Quevedo, Director of Transportation, Housing and Community Engagement

Executive Champion: Paul Lovoi, Woodtoga

Priority: Advocate for projects and service changes that promote transit ridership and reduce traffic congestion along the Peninsula including HOV Toll Lanes and increasing Caltrain Ridership.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Successful completion of the Caltrain Business Plan, and advocate for Highway 101 Managed Lane, Dumbarton Bridge and Diridon Station efforts in 2019.
  • Ensure plans focused on the Business Plan, Electrification, Managed Lane Project, Dumbarton Bridge and Diridon Station reflects Leadership Group efforts and priorities to reduce SOV ridership and maximize commuter rail ridership along the corridor (2019).  
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Past Wins

Recently, the Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Project, produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, found that the average Silicon Valley worker spends an hour and 10 minutes commuting per day (both ways), second only to New York City workers, who spend an hour and 14 minutes commuting. Workers stuck in traffic lose hours of productivity, and daily congestion threatens on-time delivery of products and equipment.

With the recent success of the No on Proposition 6 Campaign in November of 2018, Regional Measure 3 in June of 2018, VTA’s Measure B in 2016 and the passage of SB 1 in 2017, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group is committed to addressing our traffic crisis.

Legislation Timeline

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AB 784 – Mullin (District 22) Zero Emission Electric Transit Buses

AB 784 – Mullin (District 22) Zero Emission Electric Transit Buses: SUPPORT

This bill highly benefits Californians by strengthening in-state manufacturing job opportunities, innovation, clean transit options, sustainable community development and environmental benefits in our communities, including disadvantaged communities. Public transit agencies are often cash strapped, losing money at the fare box and relying on federal, state and local subsidies and grants to cover capital costs.  California is one of the only states that charges sales tax on public transit agencies. Removing the state portion of the sales tax for transit bus purchases will reduce the upfront capital costs and incremental costs between technologies, decreasing the burden on transit agencies and encouraging early compliance with the Innovative Clean Transit regulation, leading to immediate emissions reductions and accelerating the deployment of zero-emission vehicles for all Californians. For these important reasons, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group strongly proudly supports AB 784.

Status: Senate Appropriations Committee. 

For more information, please contact Heidi Sickler, Director of Energy and Environment at hsickler@svlg.org or 408.501.7883, or Jason Baker, Vice President of Transportation, Housing & Community Development at jbaker@svlg.org or 408.501.7884.

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AB 1286 - Muratsuchi Shared Mobility Devices - Agreements

AB 1286 – Muratsuchi (District ) Shared Mobility Devices – Agreements: OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED

 

The legislation, passed by the Assembly last month, would prohibit scooter and bike share companies from including waiver or release provisions in their user agreements. These waivers are standard contractual clauses designed to protect companies from liability for accidents caused through no fault of their own. These protections make it possible for many industries to exist, protecting them from frivolous lawsuits for behavior or conditions that are out of their control. California law already protects consumers by addressing the scope of such waivers. Ignoring this, AB 1286 would rewrite state law for these companies alone by making them responsible for risks taken by riders. 

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee and is now a 2-year bill

For more information, please contact Jason Baker, Vice President of Transportation, Housing and Community Development at jbaker@svlg.org or 408.501.7884

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SB 127 - Wiener (District 11) Complete Streets Bill

SB 127 – Wiener (District 11) Complete Streets Bill: SUPPORT

In California, Highways sometimes act as central roads through cities and towns. These Highways carry more than automobile and truck traffic, they also carry our neighbors who choose to walk, use a bicycle, or hop on different modes of micromobility. With so many of our neighbors choosing more and more to commute using alternative modes of transportation, California needs to ensure these Highways are maintained to allow and protect these healthier and more environmentally friendly alternatives. SB 127 will do this by making Complete Streets a priority in all future planning, guaranteeing that State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) funding will be used to protect all commuters (regardless of the mode of transportation), and will establish the Office of Active Transportation within Caltrans to oversee the adherence to complete streets policies and goals.

Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee

For more information, please contact Jason Baker, Vice President of Transportation, Housing and Community Development at jbaker@svlg.org or 408.501.7884

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