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Report ID: 21-473   
Type: Regular - Finance & Audit
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 10/13/2021 Final action: 10/13/2021
Recommended Action: Consider adoption of Resolution 21-040 supporting the concept of municipally funded transit trips. [Requested by Director Beckles - 9/22/21]
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Att. 1 Resolution 21-040, 3. Master Minute Order
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Michael A. Hursh, General Manager
SUBJECT: Support of Municipally Funded Transit Trips

ACTION ITEM

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

Title
Consider adoption of Resolution 21-040 supporting the concept of municipally funded transit trips. [Requested by Director Beckles - 9/22/21]
Body

STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

Goal - Financial Stability and Resiliency
Initiative - Financial Efficiency and Revenue Maximization

Municipally funded transit trips would provide the District with guaranteed fare revenue and encourage more ridership.

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

There is no fiscal impact from approving the attached resolution.

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

The District implemented fare-free Fridays in September as part of a larger group of regional fare discount promotions to encourage riders to return to transit. This program spurred a discussion initiated by Berkeley Councilmember Kate Harrison to assess if AC Transit could implement something similar for the City of Berkeley with funding to backfill fare losses coming from the City. Initial discussions have focused on fare-free Sundays to match or counter the free parking available in Berkeley. Councilmember Harrison has since proposed adding $500,000 to the City's budget to fund this effort.

At the September 22, 2021 Board meeting, Director Beckles requested an agenda item with a resolution in support of Berkeley's efforts. The attached resolution from Director Beckles is more general and supports municipally funded transit trips in general along with Berkeley's efforts. Staff is in support of this resolution and the closer partnerships it could bring with the cities in the District's service area.

In general, the concept of municipally funded transit trips should be financially positive for the District, with the specific impacts depending on how any program is structured. The municipally funded free or discount rides encourage more ridership, and AC Transit gets funded either up fr...

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