Implementation Plan

Implementation Plan

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

Monday, January 4, 2021

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 Focused Discussions and Public Survey

Through January 29, 2021, local jurisdictions, other public agencies, non-profit organizations, and other planning stakeholders are invited to schedule “Implementation Plan Focused Discussions” with MTC and ABAG Planners. The purpose of these small-group discussions is to highlight feedback provided at stakeholder meetings held in November 2020, develop potential implementation actions in greater detail, discuss roles for our partners in supporting strategy implementation, and the next steps of the Implementation Plan process as we move into spring and summer 2021.

Please note that these Focused Discussion appointments are limited to local jurisdictions, other public agencies, non-profit organizations, and other planning stakeholders. Individual members of the public are encouraged to participate in our Implementation Plan survey to help share their priorities on which strategies to accelerate towards implementation in the next one to five years.  The survey is available online in English, Spanish and Chinese. A text-based survey in English is also available by texting “Plan” to 415-639-5040. The Spanish and Chinese versions of the text survey will be available soon.

Project Contact

Chirag Rabari, Regional Planning Program,


The Implementation Plan will have 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 will be 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 will be developed in four phases.

Phase 1: Analysis

September-October 2020

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

Phase 2: Engagement

November-December 2020

  • 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

January-February 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

March-June 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

July-September 2021

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