Do you hear stories about how bad a transit system we have for a region of two million?  Try, for comparison, the San Francisco Bay Area – population seven million.

From SPUR San Jose:

We conducted an experiment last year to see how long it would take to travel from UC Berkeley to Stanford on public transit.

The results were telling: the journey required transit service by three different operators, with as many fare systems, confusing connection information between stops and in total took nearly two hours.

We need to do better — but our transit system around the Bay Area is a confusing patchwork of more than two-dozen different agencies. Having so many different transit systems makes it harder for riders to understand and use the services available to them.

Trip 4


From Berkeley to Stanford – Cost: $10.25.  Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes.


In Metro Vancouver, for a trip of about the same distance (about 40 miles) from Horseshoe Bay to Langley: one operator and one fare medium.

Trip 3


Cost: $5.50.  Time: 2 hours, 21 minutes.


In the Bay Area, they think this:

We think riders deserve a more seamless and less complicated experience. SPUR’s new report, Seamless Transit, offers 19 recommendations for how to make the Bay Area’s many transit brands and services function more like one system — without relying on agency mergers.

In Metro Vancouver, we already have this.  But many think we should punish TransLink with less resources so it will perform better.  Try explaining that to people in the Bay Area.