There are fourteen members on the assembly transportation committee. Nine are democrats, five are republicans. Three of those fourteen members on the committee reside in the immediate Bay Area that the Bart system serves. All others on that committee are from Southern California, L.A., Riverside, two from Central Valley, one resides in Napa.
All those eleven members that do not have a constituency in the Bay Area that would depend on Bart voted down the Bill authored by Catherine Baker.
The last Bart strike cost the Bay Area $73 million dollars a day in worker productivity. That's just worker activity, does not include the cost of overall lost economic activity.
The transportation committee made up of a majority of members from out of the area with no constituency in the Bay Area voted down what is necessary and economically reasonable for the Bay Area.