Integrating Equity

Today the Bay Area’s economy ranks first in the nation, dominating the U.S.'s thriving technology section and attracting many of the world's largest employers.

Monday, September 23, 2019

This success, however, has contributed to housing, transportation and environmental challenges that pose a risk to the region’s dynamism and diversity. In addition to bringing vitality and wealth, the rapidly growing and changing economy also has created significant challenges: a lack of adequate and affordable housing for people of all income levels, the displacement of long-time residents, a widening income gap between high- and low-income households, and a shrinking middle class.

In an effort to address these challenges and to promote equity in the region, Plan Bay Area 2050’s four elements – the economy, the environment, housing and transportation – will be examined through two crossing-cutting issues: social equity and resilience in the face of uncertainty. Social equity is the idea that all persons should have fair and equal access to opportunity.

Ultimately, Plan Bay Area 2050 will reflect a shared vision – one that cannot be implemented by any single organization or government agency. Only through partnership with local, state and federal governments – as well as with businesses and non-profit organizations – will Plan Bay Area 2050’s vision of a more resilient and equitable region come to fruition.

Considering Equity in Each Element of the Plan

  • How do we ensure that everyone in the Bay Area has access to opportunity, as well as the ability to get from point A to point B affordably?
  • How do we increase the supply of affordable housing in communities with great schools and low crime rates, while at the same time protecting existing low-income residents from displacement?
  • How do we prepare for natural disasters and respond to them in a manner that recognizes the comparative lack of resources in historically disadvantaged communities?

Key Milestones
Spring-Summer 2019

  • Equity Analysis Methodology. Before conducting the Equity Analysis for Plan Bay Area 2050 starting in fall 2019, MTC/ABAG must update its Communities of Concern as well as the methodology that will be used to evaluate the Preferred Plan. This work began in fall 2019 in consultation with the Regional Equity Working Group (REWG) and other key committees.

Fall 2019

  • Completion of the Futures Final Report
  • Public and Stakeholder Meetings on Strategies

Winter 2020

  • Analysis of Draft Blueprint
  • Release of Draft Blueprint Results

Spring 2020

  • Public and Stakeholder Meetings on Draft Blueprint
  • Refinement of Strategies

Summer 2020

  • Release and Adoption of Final Blueprint

Get Involved

While the Regional Advisory Working Group and other committees will be considering equity as a key priority throughout the planning process, MTC and ABAG have formed a Regional Equity Working Group to focus specifically on strategies from an equity lens. Refer to the Meetings page for upcoming meeting dates and times.

Point of Contact

Dave Vautin, Regional Planning Program, DVautin@bayareametro.gov