For Immediate Release
New Bay Area Plan Puts Change in Motion
Focus on Economy, Environment, Equity
Doug Kimsey — 510.817.5790
Griffin — 510.817.5854
Calif., April 22, 2009 . . . The Metropolitan
Transportation Commission (MTC) today adopted the Transportation
2035 Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area, which specifies
how some $218 billion in anticipated federal, state and
local transportation funds will be spent in the nine-county
Bay Area during the next 25 years.
2035 has been a collaborative effort,” explained MTC Chair and Alameda
County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. “MTC worked very closely over many
months with thousands of Bay Area residents as well as with business, community
and environmental groups, and our partners at Caltrans, the county congestion
management agencies, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area
Air Quality Management District and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
We’ve set some very ambitious goals that won’t
be met overnight. But the Transportation 2035 Plan sets the
Bay Area solidly on course to meet them.”
vision for Transportation 2035 is to support a prosperous
and globally competitive Bay Area economy, provide for a healthy and safe
environment, and promote equitable mobility opportunities for all residents.
Among the cornerstones of the new plan are a joint regional planning initiative
known as FOCUS, which provides incentives for cities and counties to promote
future growth near transit in already urbanized portions of the Bay Area.
The plan also launches a Transportation Climate Action Campaign to reduce
transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, a new market-based
pricing system would — with legislative
authorization — convert and expand current carpool lanes into a
Regional Express Lane Network that continues to grant carpoolers and buses
free access to the lanes but permits solo drivers to pay to use available space
in the carpool lanes for a price. Revenue generated by the tolls would pay
for the completion of the planned express lane network sooner and fund other
mobility improvements like more express bus and rail services in the region’s
most heavily traveled corridors.
Transportation 2035 effort is a $1.6 billion Freeway Performance
Initiative to improve the efficiency, reliability and safety of major Bay Area
freeway corridors through high-tech, low-cost technologies such as traffic
meters at freeway on-ramps to improve traffic flow and cameras and traffic
monitoring stations to detect and clear traffic incidents, reduce traffic back-ups
and avoid secondary incidents.
projects included in the Transportation 2035 Plan include
a BART extension from Fremont to San Jose/Santa Clara; electrification of the
Caltrain system; implementation of the SMART rail system in Marin and Sonoma
counties; expanded ferry service around the region; enhanced service along the
Amtrak Capitol Corridor; a rail extension from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART
station to eastern Contra Costa County; and improvement to local and express
bus services (including Bus Rapid Transit services on Oakland’s Grand-MacArthur Corridor, San
Francisco’s Van Ness Avenue, and San Jose’s Santa
Clara Street/Alum Rock Corridor).
Of the total
$218 billion in transportation revenues that MTC anticipates
coming to the Bay Area during the next quarter century, some 80 percent (or $177
billion) will be used to maintain and operate the transportation network we already
have. Another way of looking at the distribution of the revenues — which
include fuel taxes, transit fares, bridge tolls, property taxes and dedicated
sales taxes — is by mode of transportation. Divvied
up this way, public transit operations, maintenance and expansion
will receive almost two-thirds ($142 billion) of the revenues.
The remainder includes 30 percent ($66 billion) for street,
road and highway maintenance, and 5 percent ($11 billion)
for roadway expansion.
Transportation 2035 Plan can be viewed on MTC’s Web
site at www.mtc.ca.gov/t2035.
For hard copies, contact the MTC-ABAG Library via email <email@example.com> or
telephone 510.817.5836. MTC is the nine-county San Francisco
transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency.
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