Environmental Impact Report

Under the law known as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), MTC and ABAG must prepare a "program-level" Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to inform citizens and decision-makers of potential significant environmental impacts that could result from implementing Plan Bay Area 2050.


The EIR for Plan Bay Area 2050 will assess and disclose the potential environmental impacts of implementation of the proposed Plan’s regional pattern of household and employment growth, transportation investments and resilience investments. It will also recommend measures to mitigate any significant adverse impacts and analyze reasonable alternatives to the proposed Plan.

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) (Notice of Preparation in Spanish, Notice of Preparation in Chinese) provides notification to interested parties that a public agency has decided to prepare an EIR for a project and to solicit comments about the scope and content of the information to be included in the EIR. The NOP was released September 28, 2020, kicking off a 30-day public comment period.

As a related action, public scoping meetings are held to provide an opportunity for interested parties to learn more about Plan Bay Area 2050 and make suggestions regarding the scope and content of the EIR analyses. For meeting information, details on how to submit comments, and access to a pre-recorded webinar, visit the EIR Scoping page.

The Draft EIR is anticipated to be released in spring 2021 for a public comment period to gather input. A Final EIR will be prepared following public review and comment on the Draft EIR. The Final EIR will consist of changes to the Draft EIR and written responses to comments submitted during the comment period on the Draft EIR.

MTC and ABAG will consider this information during their deliberations on certification of the Final EIR and prior to adoption of Plan Bay Area 2050. The MTC Commission and ABAG Executive Board are anticipated to certify the Final EIR by fall 2021.

Agencies and members of the public are invited to comment on the scope and content of the environmental impact assessment that would be conducted for Plan Bay Area 2050. Visit the EIR Scoping Meetings page to watch the video recording of the meeting, to watch a pre-recorded webinar and submit your comments online.

CEQA requires the EIR to identify and study a range of reasonable alternatives to the proposed Plan. EIR alternatives will be developed during the remainder of 2020. There are generally three factors for consideration of an alternative from a CEQA perspective:

  • Will the alternative potentially avoid or lessen significant impacts of the project?
  • Can the alternative attain most of the project objectives?
  • Is the alternative potentially feasible?

Questions? Contact EIR Project Manager Adam Noelting at ANoelting@bayareametro.gov.