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.
San Francisco County.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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?

Work Completed

  • Revenue Forecasts. Under federal law, transportation investments in a regional plan must align with anticipated future revenues. Revenue forecasts will be used when developing the Blueprint 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) and transportation operations. Transportation needs assessment work are being 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, and uncommitted projects will go through a project performance assessment if they exceed $250 million in total costs. County agencies and major operators were required to submit their project lists by the end of June 2019.

Upcoming Milestones

Winter 2020

  • Completion of Project Performance Assessment 
  • Analysis of Draft Blueprint 

Spring 2020

  • Analysis of Draft Blueprint

Summer 2020

  • Public and Stakeholder Meetings on Draft Blueprint  
  • Release of Draft Blueprint Results 

Fall 2020

  • Refinement of Transportation Strategies 
  • Release and Adoption of Final Blueprint 

Point of Contact
Adam Noelting, Regional Planning Program