Projects

Honors, Awards and Deals of the Year - Oh My! 2017 in Review

By Chirag Rabari
Atrium at the Bay Area Metro Center

As the year winds to a close, it's a good time to take stock of all the things we are grateful for. Here at the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), there is an across-the-board commitment to hard work and excellence at both the staff and leadership level. We are thankful for all of the following honors and awards bestowed on us in 2017 by peers and professional organizations. Read More

Transportation

The End of the Automotive Era?

By Chirag Rabari
A rendering with vehicles with circles around them, indicating awareness of automated vehicles.

The subject of driverless (or autonomous) vehicles and the future of transportations brings about all manner of prognostication. Some commentators think the revolution is nigh: No corner of the transportation sector will be left untouched and impacts will be felt across the entire economy – and soon. Others dismiss this all as so much hype: The technical, political and social barriers are too high and real change is decades (and decades) away. Count this piece from Bob Lutz – former vice chairman and head of product development at General Motors – as a provocation from Team Revolution. Read More

MTC

"The Nobility of Public Service" – MTC Commissioners Honor the Late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

By Chirag Rabari
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

The late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was honored at yesterday's MTC Commission meeting with a moment of silence and resolution of appreciation. In the below video, MTC Commission Chair Jake Mackenzie reads the posthumous resolution of appreciation while commissioner and Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf as well as commissioner and Mayor of San Jose Sam Liccardo offer remembrances for their departed friend. Schaaf and Liccardo both emphasized Lee's commitment to regionalism, his dedication to public service, his humanity and decency, and his sense of humor. Schaaf's comments start at the 22:58 mark Read More

Land Use

2017 North Bay Wildfire Affected Areas; Resources for Bay Area Cities and Counties

By Steve Heminger
2017 North Bay Wildfire Affected Areas

The 2017 North Bay Wildfire Affected Areas Map displays the geographic extent of the four 2017 North Bay Wildfires, as well as the number of structures damaged or destroyed within the fires’ perimeters. The map gives a good sense of just how large the fires were, and how destructive. In addition to the lives lost, there were nearly 6,000 structures reported as damaged or destroyed within the Tubbs Fire alone (#2), taking out a major chunk of Santa Rosa’s (and the wider region’s) housing stock. In response to this regional emergency, MTC and ABAG have offered technical assistance, staff Read More

Housing

CASA: Drafting a Blueprint for a Better Bay Area

By Chirag Rabari

It’s no secret that that the Bay Area has one of the most severe housing crisis in the nation. In poll after poll, area residents have ranked housing affordability as one of the region’s greatest challenges. The data backs it up too. In an effort to develop and implement game-changing solutions to this crisis, MTC and ABAG have convened CASA – The Committee to House the Bay Area. CASA has brought together nearly 50 leaders from every conceivable sector across the Bay Area with the goal of figuring out how to build an actionable political consensus around increasing housing production Read More

Transportation

Ferry Service Is Coming to Richmond

By Chirag Rabari

After a nearly 60 year hiatus, ferry service is coming back to Richmond. The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) and the city of Richmond have broken ground on a ferry terminal at the site of a former Ford Motor plant on the Richmond waterfront. In the above video, MTC’s Mark Jones provides an overview of the project as well as the state of water transportation in the Bay Area. The Richmond Ferry Terminal Project includes the construction of a terminal shelter, gangway and dock, improved pedestrian and bike facilities, a kayak launch ramp, ADA access, and Read More

Land Use

The Bay Area’s 30 Year Earthquake Risk Projection

By Staff
Map of the Bay Area depicting thirty-year earthquake risk.

Living in the Bay Area, we all know the “Big One” is (probably) coming. But how likely, and when? October’s Map of the Month tries to convey the Bay Area 30 Year Earthquake Risk both in terms of probability of an earthquake occurring anywhere in the Bay Area as well as probability for any given major fault within the region. As can be seen, there is a roughly 3 in 4 chance the Bay Area will experience a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake over the next 30 years, according to the United States Geological Survey. Read More

Transportation

New Light Rail Vehicles Come to San Francisco, Plus the Wilderness of Transportation Finance

By Chirag Rabari

The City of San Francisco is celebrating a major milestone with a once-in-a-generation new light rail train now in service, as shown in the above video from our partners at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni). Muni reports: These… trains are more comfortable, reliable, and rider-friendly. They include a new seating configuration that will provide wider aisles for more capacity, better customer signage, quieter cars and improved design that will reduce delays. This new car represents the first of more than 200 vehicles that will add more train service that will reduce Read More

Resiliency

Resilient By Design | Bay Area Challenge: 10 Teams, 32 Ideas to Address Climate Change

By Chirag Rabari

The evidence is everywhere: sea levels are on the rise and countries around the world must adapt before disaster strikes. The San Francisco Bay Area is at the forefront of this nascent adaptation effort with the Resilient by Design challenge, which has selected 10 high-powered teams from across the globe to come up with innovative design ideas that address sea level rise and resilience to climate change around the region. Read More