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June 19, 2015 UPDATE:

Proposed Amendment to Plan Bay Area — Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvement Project

On Friday, June 12, 2015, the MTC Planning Committee and the ABAG Administrative Committee jointly approved the release of proposed draft amendments to Plan Bay Area and the 2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in order to add the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvement Project to both the Plan and the TIP. The project along the Interstate 580 corridor will install a concrete barrier system on the upper deck (westbound direction) of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to convert the existing freeway shoulder to a barrier-separated path for bicycles and pedestrians. The project also calls for converting the shoulder along the span’s eastbound direction (lower deck) to a peak-period lane to relieve traffic congestion.

The estimated project cost is $74 million, which is fully funded with Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) toll funds already identified in Plan Bay Area. The project is sponsored by the BATA, Caltrans, the Transportation Authority of Marin and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.

Amendments to the adopted Plan Bay Area and 2015 TIP necessitate a new Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis and technical addendum to the Plan Bay Area Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The draft proposed amendments and addendum will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period beginning on June 19, 2015 through July 20, 2015.

To review the proposed draft amendments and other related documents, please click the links below under “Related Documents.”

Comments may be submitted in writing no later than Monday, July 20, 2015. Comments may be submitted to MTC at the address below, or via email or fax as shown below.

Ashley Nguyen, Project Manager
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
101 Eighth Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Fax: 510.817.5848

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July 18, 2013 UPDATE:
Plan Bay Area Adopted
At an evening meeting in Oakland, MTC and the ABAG Executive Board jointly approved both the final Plan Bay Area — which includes the region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy and the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan — and an associated final Environmental Impact Report. Working in collaboration with cities and counties, the Plan advances initiatives to expand housing and transportation choices, create healthier communities, and build a stronger regional economy. Read more here.

Spring 2013
The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) released the Draft Plan Bay Area in late March, 2013. Nearly three years in the making, Plan Bay Area is an integrated long-range transportation and land-use/housing plan that will support a growing economy, provide more housing and transportation choices, and reduce transportation-related pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area when adopted later this year.

Plan Bay Area is the successor to Transportation 2035, the long-range plan adopted by MTC in 2009. As such, it is the next step in a progression of decades of regional planning. With the region's population expected to grow from about 7 million in 2011 to approximately 9 million in 2040, it is critical to start making transportation, housing and land use decisions now to sustain the Bay Area’s high quality of life for current and future generations.

Plan Bay Area will address new requirements flowing from California’s 2008 Senate Bill 375 (Steinberg), which calls on each of the state’s 18 metropolitan areas to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars and light trucks. This is important because the transportation sector represents about 40 percent of the GHG pollution that scientists say is causing climate change.

The mechanism for achieving these reductions will be a Sustainable Communities Strategy that promotes compact, mixed-use commercial and residential development that is walkable and bikable and close to mass transit, jobs, schools, shopping, parks, recreation and other amenities. If successful, Plan Bay Area will give people more transportation choices, create more livable communities and reduce the pollution that causes climate change.