ABAG

Preview of 1/18 ABAG Meetings: Finance Committee & Executive Board

By Julie Teglovic
The board room of the Bay Area Metro Center.

The ABAG Finance Committee and Executive Board will be meeting on January 18 at the Bay Area Metro Center. Here’s a peek at what they will be talking about. The Executive Board will be: Installing a new President and Vice President; Ratifying committee appointments; Read More

Policy

Record Low Unemployment Across (Much of) the Bay Area, and the Delicate Policy Dance That Follows

By Chirag Rabari
SF-Oak-Hay unemployment

The Bay Area economy has mostly had a good run since the dark days of the Great Recession (although the benefits have been uneven and not without their complications). For all the hype about the latest tech boom and the length of the current expansion, however, many key regional economic measures had not surpassed records set during the dot-com era nearly two decades ago. New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (via FRED) indicate this is starting to change, though. To wit: most key urbanized areas (or MSAs) in the region are at or near record low unemployment levels. As shown in the Read More

Fresh from the MTC-ABAG Library: Noteworthy Online Resources

By Library
A picture of the MTC-ABAG library from overhead.

Check out the latest online articles, studies and reports curated by the MTC-ABAG Library: Transit Bay Area core capacity transit study : final report, from MTC A bid for better transit : improving service with contracted operations, from TransitCenter and Eno Center for Transportation Harnessing high-speed rail : how California and its cities can use rail to reshape their growth, from SPUR Subways, strikes, and slowdowns, from Access Magazine Read More

Housing

How Big a House? So Much Depends Upon... Location, Location, Location

By Chirag Rabari
December Map of the Month

The latest Map of the Month from MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger looks at an often under-examined issue in housing policy: How big are the houses? As can be seen, the median square footage of a housing unit can vary widely depending upon the metro area. The San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan statistical area, where the median square footage of a housing unit comes in at under 1,300 square feet, is on the smaller side. The largest median housing units are generally found in Southern metros, as well as the Denver-area in Colorado. Read More

MTC Approves $386 Million for 180 Projects Across the Region Through the OBAG 2 County Program
Funding
Chirag Rabari January 9, 2018
By Chirag Rabari
Bicyclist and buildings

The stage is set for $386 million in federal funds to go to 180 transportation projects in 95 jurisdictions across all nine Bay Area Counties with last month's MTC commissioner approval of of the One Bay Area Grant 2 (OBAG 2) County Program of Projects. OBAG 2, which also has a Regional Program, is the policy framework for MTC’s distribution of $862 million in federal Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funds from Fiscal Years 2017-18 to 2021-2022. In the below video, MTC’s Mallory Atkinson provides an overview of the program and

Preview of 1/10 Meetings: BATA Oversight, Programming and Allocations, etc.
MTC
Chirag Rabari January 5, 2018
By Julie Teglovic
Bay Bridge Toll Plaza

Several MTC and BATA committees will be meeting this upcoming Wednesday, January 10, at the Bay Area Metro Center, including the MTC Administration Committee, the MTC Programming and Allocations Committee, the BATA Oversight Committee, and the Policy Advisory Council. Of particular note is the BATA Oversight Committee, which will be voting to place Regional Measure 3 on the ballot for this year’s June 5 statewide election. The measure would raise the toll on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges by $1 in 2019, followed by $1 in 2022, and another $1 in 2025. The Mercury News covered the

Environment

San Francisco Estuary Partnership Newsletter, Bay Area Water Trail Maps Now Available

By Chirag Rabari
San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail - North San Pablo Bay map

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP) is a collaboration of local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, academia and business leaders working to protect and restore the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The Estuary Partnership – which is hosted by ABAG and staffed by MTC – is guided by the development and implementation of the Estuary Blueprint, a comprehensive, collective vision for the Estuary’s future. The Estuary Partnership has a quarterly newsletter which allows readers to follow progress on implementation of the Blueprint. Of particular note in the latest newsletter is the joint Read More

Participatory Budgeting: A Proposed MTC Pilot Project and a Brief Lit Review Jimmy Moore January 3, 2018
By Chirag Rabari

According to the Participatory Budgeting Project, participatory budgeting (PB): ... is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives. PB has been around internationally for some time and recently PB projects have been implemented locally on a limited scale in both Vallejo and Oakland. Since 2012, the City of Vallejo has engaged over 15,000 residents in allocating nearly $7 million for 25 local projects. In Oakland, over 1,200 residents of two

Funding

What Is Participatory Budgeting? A Proposed MTC Pilot Project and Brief Lit Review

By Chirag Rabari

According to the Participatory Budgeting Project, participatory budgeting (PB): ... is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives. PB has been around internationally for some time and recently PB projects have been implemented locally on a limited scale in both Vallejo and Oakland. Since 2012, the City of Vallejo has engaged over 15,000 residents in allocating nearly $7 million for 25 local projects. In Oakland, over 1,200 residents of two Read More