Public Participation

MTC Needs Your Input!

openhouse
Noah Berger

Would you like to help MTC improve how we provide information and hear public input on transportation projects and programs? Would you like better connections with the agency that plans for the future of the Bay Area's road, highway and transit networks? If so, please share your thoughts about how we can best reach out to you for comments and ideas by completing a brief survey (takes about three minutes).

The survey closes on February 21, 2018 and is being conducted in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. Read More

Transportation

(Red and Blue) State Gas Tax Increases Since 1993

State Gas Tax Increases, 1992-2017

January's Map of the Month from MTC and ABAG Executive Director Steve Heminger looks at all the states that have passed legislation to raise their own state gas taxes since the United States Congress last increased the federal gas tax in 1993. As can be seen, a total of 38 states colored dark red and dark blue plus the District of Columbia have all raised state gas taxes, while 12 states colored light red and light blue have not.

From the Executive Director's latest report to the MTC Commission and ABAG Executive Board:

With passage of SB 1 in 2017, California has joined the ranks of 38 states – both red and blue – and the District of Columbia that have stepped up in the face of Congressional inaction and passed legislation to raise their own state gas taxes since Congress last did so in 1993. This map reaffirms that infrastructure investment can, and often does, transcend party lines, or as Norm Mineta used to say:  “There is no such thing as a Democratic bridge or a Republican road.”

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Transportation

New BART Train Cars Are Rolling into Service

The entire Bay Area celebrated a major milestone last week as the long-awaited first new 10-car BART train began service in the East Bay on the Richmond line. As you can see in the above video from MTC’s partners at BART, the new cars will be smoother and quieter, with quicker and easier boarding, six digital screens in each car, more comfortable seats and more places to hang on. 

This is riders’ first taste of a decades-long, multi-billion dollar project to replace the aging BART rail car fleet and expand the BART system’s capacity with more rail cars. As you can imagine, making these new cars a reality has been a complex endeavor and MTC, as the nine county Bay Area’s transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency, has been intimately involved every step of the way. Read More

Housing

Interested in Housing & Development Legislation? Attend the First "Planning Innovations" Forum of 2018 on February 13!

A construction worker working on the roof of an unfinished house.
Karl Nielsen

Given recently passed state housing legislation and lawsuits against local jurisdictions, cities face increasing scrutiny when approving or denying housing development proposals. MTC’s long-running Planning Innovations series kicks off 2018 with a timely workshop on these issues, How Objective is "Objective"? Effective Development Standards in the SB35 and Housing Accountability Act Era. The workshop will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, at the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco; register and see additional details here. Read More

ABAG

New President and Vice President at ABAG

ABAG Vice President Greg Scharff and President David Rabbitt
Kingmond Young
ABAG Vice President Greg Scharff and President David Rabbitt (left to right).

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) has a new leadership team as of tonight, with Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt installed as ABAG's new president and Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff sworn in as vice president. Their two-year terms as heads of the nine county Bay Area's regional planning agency and council of governments' will extend to January 2020.  Read More

ABAG

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

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;
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Policy

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

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 above chart, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward MSA is now at 2.8 percent, a level last seen during a heady pre-millennium stretch from July to December of 1999.   Read More

Services

Fresh from the MTC-ABAG Library: Noteworthy Online Resources

Funding

MTC Approves $386 Million for 180 Projects Across the Region Through the OBAG 2 County Program

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 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 highlights some key facts, figures and policy considerations as the OBAG 2 County Program moves ahead.  Read More