Staff are considering two basic changes to the guidelines: spreading project funding out over four years, instead of two; and creating separate applications for different kinds of projects. But other changes will be entertained.
A local assemblymember secured a promise of $20 million in state funding to build a parking garage for BART. But in the interim staff had come up with intriguing alternative proposals, and the board of directors opted for the quicker and less expensive option.
While there is a push to make quick decisions and get projects on the ground fast, there is also counter pressure to take enough time to get these decisions right. There won't be another opportunity to raise money for transportation any time soon.