Horizon is an exciting effort from MTC and ABAG that will allow the public, planners and policymakers to wrestle with challenging questions about the external forces that could shape the Bay Area through 2050.


A boat motors past the cranes at Port of Oakland, while the sun sets.
Port of Oakland, Alameda County.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

New technologies like autonomous vehicles, rising sea levels and climate change, earthquakes, economic booms and busts, political volatility or other external forces likely will fundamentally alter the Bay Area by the year 2050.

To explore challenging questions that traditionally have been outside the regional planning process, MTC and ABAG developed a new initiative, called Horizon, to explore the pressing issues and possible challenges Bay Area residents may face through 2050.

The Horizon initiative was the first comprehensive Bay Area planning effort to look not just at transportation and housing but also economic development, resilience and the effects of emerging technologies.

The Horizon initiative considered questions like:

  • How should different levels of autonomous vehicle adoption inform our traditional transportation investments?
  • What strategies should we consider to better prepare our neighborhoods, business centers and other built infrastructure for increasingly frequent disasters?
  • How should the Bay Area respond to sudden booms and busts of economic output, population and employment?
  • What actions can the Bay Area take to improve our resilience to national and international geopolitical and economic shifts?

For more information on this effort, please visit the Horizon project on the MTC website.