MTC-ABAG

The Blog is Back!

By Mark Prado
Sophie Janotta via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to the re-launch of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission-Association of Bay Area Governments blog! Here we will provide useful information about what the two agencies are up to, adding some context along the way. Read More

Meetings

Preview of 7/13 Meetings: MTC Standing Committees – “Diesel Free by ‘33” Initiative, 3 Pieces of State Legislation

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

Three MTC standing committee meetings are scheduled for Friday, July 13 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center. Here are links to the full agendas and meeting packets: Planning Committee Operations Committee Legislation Committee Read on for the highlights; tune in live to the meetings on Friday from our Live Webcasts page; and bookmark the main Meetings page to keep up with all MTC meetings. Read More

Meetings

Preview of 7/11 Meetings: BATA and MTC Committees; MTC Policy Advisory Council

By Julie Teglovic
The exterior entrance of the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco.

Five meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center. Here are links to the full agendas and meeting packets: Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee MTC Administration Committee MTC Programming and Allocations Committee MTC Policy Advisory Council Equity & Access Subcommittee Policy Advisory Council Read on for highlights from the agendas and info on how to tune in live. Read More

Projects

Call for Ideas: Transformative Transportation Projects for the Bay Area’s Future

By Staff
Horizon Call for Transformative Projects

Do you daydream of new ways to cross over or under the San Francisco Bay? Close your eyes and see a fleet of flying cars, carrying commuters to work each day? This could be your time to shine. MTC and ABAG are looking for your biggest, brightest, billion dollar (or more!) ideas for redefining the way we travel in and around the Bay Area. This month, the agencies are jointly issuing an open Request for Transformative Projects – transportation project ideas that have the potential to revolutionize how we move around the region. Transformative Projects should provide new and creative solutions Read More

MTC-ABAG

The Best of The Bay Link

By Chirag Rabari
The Bay Link

The Bay Link – the joint blog of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) – recently celebrated the six-month anniversary of its "soft launch" in December 2017. Over that time, we've served as a single public information resource for both agencies, providing news, views and analysis on a wide range of regionally relevant topics, including housing, land use, transportation, the economy, the environment, climate change and resilience, among many others. Below is a curated round-up of the "Best of the Bay Link" that you may have missed Read More

Special Issue of “Estuary News” Explores the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge
Resiliency
Chirag Rabari June 19, 2018
By Chirag Rabari
Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge

The latest special issue of ESTUARY News magazine is now available and takes a deep dive into the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, which in May 2017 selected nine 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. Last month, after a year-long process, Resilient by Design shared the final design concepts developed by local residents, community organizations, public officials and local, national, and international experts. These concepts were “meant to inspire, catalyze action

Environment

Bay Area Native to Run San Francisco Bay Trail to Raise Money for Animal Charities

By Chirag Rabari

Starting next week, Bay Area native and long distance runner Eileen Francisco will begin an epic, month-long journey to run 500 miles around San Francisco Bay. She hopes to raise money for Animal Run, a 501 3(c) nonprofit organization and racing fundraiser for local animal welfare organizations. Eileen is going to run approximately 30 miles every other day starting next Friday, June 29, to complete the circuit, with most of the miles being run along the San Francisco Bay Trail. As shown in the above video from Eileen, she wants to raise $10,000 in seed money to support Animal Run – planned 5k Read More

ABAG

Video: Building a Resilient Region – The 2018 ABAG General Assembly

By Chirag Rabari

We recently reviewed some of the Highlights from the Spring 2018 ABAG General Assembly, providing an overview of the program's focus on topics such as wildfires, floods and sea level rise, earthquakes, and energy. The video above gives a sneak peak inside the event itself, featuring some of the the speakers and public officials who came together to discuss "Building a Resilient Region" and how cities and regions can effectively respond to the unique challenges of the 21st Century. Read More

Transportation

Another Year, Another Golden State Warriors Celebration Via BART

By Chirag Rabari

The red-hot Golden State Warriors celebrated their third NBA Championship in four years with another mammoth crowd in downtown Oakland on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. People came from all across the San Francisco Bay Area to celebrate, with many arriving on BART. In this video, Mark Jones talks to riders about the numerous advantages of taking public transportation to participate in the festivities. Read More

Meetings

Preview of 6/13 MTC Committee Meetings: Funding for Transportation, FY 2018-19 Agency Budget, Disadvantaged and Small Businesses, Horizon Updates and More

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

Update: Video recordings of these meetings (excluding MTC Policy Advisory Council Equity and Access Subcommittee) are now available. BATA Oversight Committee: Video Recording MTC Programming and Allocations Committee: Video Recording MTC Administration Committee: Video Recording MTC Policy Advisory Council: Video Recording The Bay Area Toll Oversight Committee, two of MTC’s standing committees and the MTC Policy Advisory Council will meet starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at the Bay Area Metro Center. Highlights include review of BATA's FY 2018-19 Toll Bridge Operating and Capital Read More