Friday Video: Highlights From Bike to Work Day 2018
Chirag Rabari May 25, 2018
By Chirag Rabari

The 24th annual Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area brought out nearly 100,000 riders across the region, including MTC Commissioners and a host of other dignitaries. This video gives peek at some of the day's highlights.


5/23 MTC Meeting Wrap-Up: Commission Offers Support for Proposed BART TOD Policy, Approves Pilot Program Offering Fare Discounts for Low-Income Transit Riders

By Julie Teglovic
MTC Commission and staff sitting in the board room.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 23. Highlights included the Commission offering a "Support and Seek Amendments" positionon a State Assembly bill related to BART transit-oriented development (prompting a lively debate on regional housing and local zoning control), as well as approval of a pilot program that will provide 20 percent fare discounts to low-income adults on several major Bay Area transit operators. Read on for all the Commission actions of the day, as well as links to the video recording of the meeting and all the handouts. Read More


YIMBYs, NIMBYs and the Data that Unites Them

By Chirag Rabari
Aerial View of Sonoma County

The latest dispatch from America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers from the U.S. Census provides an in-depth look at how data informs advocacy on both sides of the Bay Area’s housing debate. The story, NIMBY Meets YIMBY: Housing Movement Pushes for More Housing, shows how Census data is used to analyze everything from jobs to housing balance, rent burdens, building permit data and demographic change. From the article: Recently, the quest for housing affordability has dominated the national conversation. According to the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year estimates, 38.2 percent of Read More

BART to Antioch Opens Saturday, May 26, Marking First Phase of Extension into Eastern Contra Costa County
Chirag Rabari May 22, 2018
By Chirag Rabari

The long-awaited expansion of regional rail service into eastern Contra Costa County is (almost) finally here: this Saturday, May 26, the BART to Antioch extension will open for service, giving commuters more travel options and relieving congestion on Highway 4. A community ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the new Antioch Station on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. to celebrate this major milestone. As can be seen in the above video, the new trains are convenient, quiet and fast. Continue reading on to find out more about the project, as well as MTC's role in financing it.


Resilient by Design San Francisco Showcase Open from May 22 to June 1, Reception on May 23

By Chirag Rabari
Keeping Seal Level Rise at Bay Poster

We recently highlighted the nine final proposals for adapting to sea level rise in vulnerable locations around the Bay that came out of the year-long Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge. Now, you have a chance to take in these innovative projects first-hand at Keeping Sea Level Rise at Bay: Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge | San Francisco Design Showcase. The design showcase will be on display for public viewing from May 22 to June 1 at the Bay Area Metro Center lobby, 375 Beale Street in San Francisco, and open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Read More


Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge Final Projects Revealed

By Chirag Rabari
Bird Tower on the Grand Bay Way

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 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. Now, a year later, Resilient by Design is excited to share the final design concepts developed by local residents, community organizations, public Read More

New Online Resources from the MTC-ABAG Library
Julie Teglovic May 16, 2018
By Library
man at a desk working on computer

What's new with bike sharing, housing development fees and high speed rail? Settle in for some in-depth reading these and other topics of interest to regional government. Housing, transportation, the environment and the latest MTC publications are all included in this month's library link round-up.


Preview of 5/17 ABAG Meetings

By Julie Teglovic
the Bay Area Metro Center boardroom

The ABAG Legislation Committee, the ABAG Finance Committee, the Advancing California Finance Authority Governing Board and the ABAG Executive Board will meet on Thursday, May 17, at the Bay Area Metro Center, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Read on for a preview of major meeting topics and for links to the full meeting agendas. Read More


Bay Area Receives $38 Million in State Funding to Rehabilitate and Modernize Transit Systems

By Chirag Rabari
Rapid Bus

Here’s more good news for transportation in California and the Bay Area: Caltrans announced [last week] the recipients of $105 million in State of Good Repair (SGR) program funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), money that will provide capital assistance to local governments and agencies to rehabilitate and modernize California’s existing local transit systems. This program has a specific goal of keeping transit systems in a state of good repair, including the purchase of new transit vehicles and maintenance and rehabilitation of transit facilities and vehicles. This includes nearly $38 million for Read More


Horizon Peer Exchange and Preliminary Futures

By Chirag Rabari

Horizon is an exciting new effort from MTC and ABAG to allow the public, planners and policymakers to wrestle with challenging questions about the external forces that could shape the Bay Area through 2050. Horizon will explore a range of pressing issues and attempt to put the region on sounder footing as it prepares for, and tries to shape, a trajectory that is both equitable and resilient to potential headwinds. Horizon will identify a suite of potential external forces and allow residents, planners and decision-makers alike to think through policy and investment solutions that make sense in Read More