Implementation Plan

The Implementation Plan focuses on short-term, tangible actions that ABAG, MTC and their partners can take to realize the Vision of Plan Bay Area 2050.

Karl Nielsen

MTC and ABAG are developing a short-term Implementation Plan starting fall 2020 through winter 2021 to guide how the Bay Area can work to take near-term action to implement the strategies adopted in Plan Bay Area 2050 over the next five years. The Implementation Plan will outline tangible actions across the four core elements of Plan Bay Area 2050 — economy, environment, housing and transportation — that MTC, ABAG and their partners could advance to make the Bay Area more equitable and resilient in the future.

The Implementation Plan process will focus on collaboration and engagement with Bay Area residents, local governments, civic organizations, non-profits, and other stakeholders to identify actions and tackle shared challenges facing the region through 2025 and beyond.

The Implementation Plan for Plan Bay Area 2050, which is an expanded version of the Action Plan pioneered in Plan Bay Area 2040, will not rest on ABAG’s and MTC’s shoulders alone, as many of the steps that will need to be taken will be outside the realm of the two agencies’ responsibilities. The Implementation Plan will require a shared commitment and strong collaboration among regional policymakers, local governments, partner agencies and civic organizations.

Implementation Plan Engagement

From December 2020 through early February 2021, MTC and ABAG planners held “Implementation Plan Focused Discussions” with Bay Area cities and counties, other public agencies, nonprofit organizations and others. The purpose of these small-group discussions was to highlight feedback provided at stakeholder meetings held in November 2020, develop potential implementation actions in greater detail, discuss roles for ABAG's and MTC's partners in supporting strategy implementation, and the next steps of the Implementation Plan process as we move into spring and summer 2021.

In addition to these discussions, ABAG and MTC staff also conducted a series of engagement activities to help gauge the public's priorities for implementing Plan Bay Area 2050's 35 strategies. These activities included a survey, which was conducted online and via text message, as well as focus groups held in partnership with community-based organizations and focus groups with high school students from throughout the Bay Area.

A summary of the results was presented Feb. 12, 2021, at the joint meeting of the MTC Planning Committee with the ABAG Administrative Committee. Complete results of the survey and the feedback received are posted under Your Comments.

Project Contact

Chirag Rabari, Regional Planning Program,


The Implementation Plan has the following interconnected goals:

  • Maximize the viability of the plan’s strategies — ensuring projected benefits are equitably, effectively and efficiently realized, and charting a feasible path to address identified challenge areas.
  • Reinforce the recommendations of existing internal, external or hybrid initiatives, including MTC- or ABAG-convened task forces and/or study committees, that complement the plan’s strategies and vision.   
  • Address emerging and cross-cutting strategic issues raised by stakeholders, policymakers and the public.
  • Support the timely achievement of Plan Bay Area 2050’s technical assumptions.

For each Plan Bay Area 2050 strategy included in the adopted Final Blueprint, a four-factor assessment is being conducted to evaluate and identify key requirements for strategy success, including:

  1. Authority
  2. Financial resources
  3. Technical capacity, and
  4. Public/political support.

Based upon this assessment, and the relative presence or absence of the four factors, an appropriate MTC/ABAG role will be proposed: whether to lead, partner or support implementation efforts for a given strategy. Ultimately, the Implementation Plan will recommend detailed implementation actions, including roles, responsibilities, resource requirements, partnerships and timeframes for each.


The Implementation Plan is being developed in five phases.

Phase 1: Analysis

September-November 2020

  • Strategy assessment and brainstorming
  • Mapping complementary efforts, initiatives and partners

Phase 2: Engagement

November 2020-January 2021

  • Seek feedback from MTC/ABAG committees on Implementation Plan scope
  • Host two stakeholder workshops to develop initial implementation actions
  • Hold office hours and small group meetings for focused discussions
  • Identify key strategic opportunities and barriers for successful implementation

Phase 3: Draft Implementation Plan

February-April 2021

  • Initial public and community-based organization outreach on Implementation Plan
  • Update MTC/ABAG committees on progress to date
  • Prioritize actions under resource constraints
  • Develop Draft Implementation Plan

Phase 4: Partnership

May-August 2021

  • Convene stakeholder groups to discuss partnership commitments; potential development of a shared advocacy agenda
  • Continue public outreach in concert with Draft Implementation Plan release
  • Refine resource evaluation and priorities

Phase 5: Final Implementation Plan

August-October 2021

  • Develop Final Implementation Plan
  • Adopt Final Implementation Plan as part of Final Plan Bay Area 2050