Transportation

Transportation

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Pedestrians wait at the crosswalk, a pedi-cab crosses the intersection, and cars and taxis wait. The view is seen from above through criss-crossing Muni overhead wires.
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Friday, September 20, 2019

The San Francisco Bay Area is the global center of technological innovation and a region of rich natural beauty. It is a desirable location to live, work and play, which has spurred record economic and housing growth.  The transportation system, however, has not kept pace with this growth, mainly due to limited land availability and financial resources. 
 
The result has been increased traffic congestion and historic crowding on transit, creating negative impacts on productivity, climate and quality of life. Over the coming decades, new technologies – like driverless vehicles – could further transform how Bay Area residents travel from point A to point B.
 
These challenges, along with efforts to continue to maintain and operate the Bay Area’s existing transportation system, will be examined in Plan Bay Area 2050’s Transportation Element. Plan Bay Area 2050 will look at a range of strategies to make it easy, safe and affordable for Bay Area residents to get around the region, while developing a path toward a more resilient and equitable future for the region and its residents.
 
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. MTC and ABAG will develop a short-term Implementation Plan for how the region can work to take action to enact the strategies adopted in Plan Bay Area 2050. The Implementation Plan will outline tangible actions related to the Transportation Element of Plan Bay Area 2050 that MTC, ABAG and their partners could advance to realize this shared vision.
 
Core Questions to Address in the Transportation Element

  • How do we align available transportation revenues with priority investments   
  • What are our top priorities for transportation investments?
  • What other supportive transportation strategies are needed?

Key Milestones
Spring-Summer 2019

  • Revenue Forecasts. Under federal law, transportation investments in a regional plan must align with anticipated future revenues. Expanding upon this framework, MTC and ABAG also are working to identify current and future revenue sources for affordable housing and resilience investments – both for sea level rise and other natural disasters – to create a more comprehensive regional plan. Revenue forecasts will be used when developing the Preferred Plan in fall 2019 and winter 2020.
  • Needs Assessments. Needs assessments are conducted for specific funding categories to understand the financial resources required to achieve specific long-range planning goals. For Plan Bay Area 2050, needs assessments are slated to be conducted for transportation state of good repair (roads, bridges, highways and public transit); transportation operations; housing; and resilience. Transportation needs assessment work will be developed in concert with local partners through the Bay Area Partnership.
  • Request for Regionally-significant Projects. Previously referred to as the Call for Projects, MTC and ABAG request that county transportation agencies and major transit operators submit all remaining capacity-increasing projects not previously submitted to MTC and ABAG through Horizon and the Request for Transformative Projects. These projects will be considered when developing the transportation element of Plan Bay Area 2050 in the fall, and uncommitted projects will go through a project performance assessment if they exceed $250 million in total costs. County agencies and major operators must submit their project lists by the end of June 2019.

Fall 2019

  • Completion of the Futures Final Report 
  • Completion of Project Performance Assessment 
  • Completion of Draft Transportation Needs and Revenue Assessments 
  • Public and Stakeholder Meetings on Transportation Strategies 

Winter 2020

  • Analysis of Draft Blueprint 
  • Release of Draft Blueprint Results 

Spring 2020

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

Summer 2020

  • Release and Adoption of Final Blueprint 

Point of Contact
Adam Noelting, Regional Planning Program
ANoelting@bayareametro.gov