The Blueprint

Plan Bay Area 2050 Blueprint

Creating the Blueprint is the first step toward developing Plan Bay Area 2050.


Aerial view of urban buildings, including the Transamerica Pyramid, in San Francisco.
Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco.
Monday, September 23, 2019

What is the Blueprint?

The Plan Bay Area 2050 Blueprint (“the Blueprint”) will integrate strategies for all four elements of the Plan – the economy, the environment, housing and transportation – to create a more resilient and equitable future for the region. Creating the Blueprint is a key first step toward creating the Plan itself, and thus the Blueprint planning phase will require iteration and deep engagement of the public, stakeholders and elected officials.

The Blueprint process starts first with integrating key strategies analyzed through the Horizon initiative, both from Futures Planning and from Project Performance Assessment. Working with stakeholders and residents in fall 2019, MTC and ABAG will work to identify a suite of transportation, housing, economic and environmental strategies that will produce the best outcomes for the Bay Area, regardless of what happens in the decades ahead.

While still remaining fiscally constrained per federal planning requirements, the Blueprint will likely incorporate significant new revenues that could fund transportation, housing, economic and/or environmental strategies. Beginning in late 2019 and finishing in summer 2020, staff will incorporate the identified strategies into two fiscally constrained versions of the Blueprint:

  • Blueprint Basic: includes available revenues from the Needs and Revenue assessments but does not include New Revenues from future regional measures.
  • Blueprint Plus: includes available revenues from Needs and Revenue assessments as well as approximately $100 billion in New Revenues distributed across one or more of the Plan elements.

Key questions that will be considered for each element of the Blueprint include:


  • How do align available transportation revenues with priority investments?
  • What are our top priorities for transportation investments?
  • What other supportive transportation strategies are needed?


  • Where should we prioritize housing growth?
  • What strategies are required to support housing growth?


  • Where should we prioritize job growth?
  • What strategies are required to support job growth?


  • Where should we protect from development?
  • What climate strategies are required to meet the Bay Area’s greenhouse gas target?
  • What strategies are required to mitigate impacts from sea level rise & earthquakes?

Late 2019/Early 2020
Develop strategies and investments to advance into analysis of the Draft Blueprint, integrating feedback from the public and from stakeholders.

Spring 2020
Analyze the Draft Blueprint and hold workshops with the public to seek feedback on the strategies and their potential outcomes for the region.

Late Spring 2020
Make refinements to the strategies included in the Blueprint based on feedback and analyze the Final Blueprint.

Summer 2020
Seek adoption from the MTC Commission and ABAG Executive Board of the Final Blueprint as the Preferred Alternative for environmental analysis purposes.