Meetings

3/28 Meeting Previews: BATA, MTC and CASA Technical Committee

By Julie Teglovic
The interior of the Bay area Metro Center Board Room is shown, seen from behind three rows of chairs facing the front of the room. The room is empty.

Three meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center. Some highlights include a a proposed amendment to Plan Bay Area 2040 and the amended 2017 TIP (attachment), priorities for Round 3 of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program (attachment), funds for the North-South Greenway Project and the SMART Multi-Use Pathway in Marin County (attachment), decision-making tools and Work Group Action Plans from CASA (attachment), and much more. Continue reading on to find links to all meeting agendas, meeting packets and key background Read More

Funding

New Report Details How Cap-and-Trade Proceeds Benefit California and the Bay Area

By Chirag Rabari
Alameda County

Last week a report was released detailing the dramatic progress made by California Climate Investments – the statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work – in supporting projects that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening local economies, and improving public health and the environment across the state. The California Climate Investment Annual Report to the Legislature for 2018, a joint effort produced by the California Air Resources Board and California Department of Finance, contains lots of good news for the state, and the Bay Area specifically Read More

Policy

Fun With U.S. Census Data: Bay Area Highlights from the 2017 Local Population Estimates

By Chirag Rabari
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau today released their 2017 local population estimates and – as usual – there’s a smorgasbord of fascinating data on where and how the U.S. population changed between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017. From the press release: The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area’s 146,000-population increase last year was the most of any metro area and Maricopa County, Ariz., saw a population increase of nearly 74,000 — the most of any county last year — according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s July 1, 2017, population estimates released today. The statistics provide population Read More

Resiliency

What If a 7.0 Earthquake Hit the San Francisco Bay Area?

By Leah Zippert
HAYWIRED Logo

What if a major earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area? Would you and your family be prepared? Next month, the HayWired Scenario – a major California regional and statewide earthquake preparedness initiative – will be released to the public, providing a scientific, realistic and quantitative depiction of what would happen if there was a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault with an epicenter in Oakland. The initiative wants to shift behavior surrounding earthquakes by improving communications and the use of earthquake hazard, early warning and aftershock forecast information, as Read More

MTC-ABAG

MTC and ABAG Release First-Ever Joint Annual Report to Congress

By Chirag Rabari
Annual Report to Congress

MTC and ABAG have released their first-ever joint annual report to Congress for 2018, urging lawmakers in Washington D.C. to honor long-standing bipartisan commitments to transportation, housing and disaster relief. The report, Accelerating Progress: Strong Partnerships Move the Bay Area Forward: Provides an overview of the Bay Area’s policy and funding priorities, including priorities for a national infrastructure and a response to the Trump Administration’s budget proposal Discusses the region’s major capital investment grant requests, including Caltrain modernization and the Bay Area’s next Read More

MTC-ABAG

New from the MTC-ABAG Library: Reports, Research Articles and More Available Online

By Library
A pair on glasses rests on a laptop keyboard. Several books and a coffee cup are shown to the side of the laptop.

This month’s open access, long-form reading recommendations from the MTC-ABAG Library cover housing issues, Regional Measure 3, local and state transit, the inner workings of ridesharing companies, climate change, and the overall resilience of the Bay Area. Continue reading on to take a closer look! Read More

Housing

An Overview of the 2018 Housing Policy Landscape in California

By Chirag Rabari
Housing Near Milpitas BART Station

Last year was a very active year for housing legislation in California, with approval of a housing package that included new funding for affordable housing as well as some modest regulatory changes. It appears, however, this may have just been a warm-up act for 2018. Currently, there are nearly 20 different major housing bills under consideration by lawmakers in the state’s capitol. Outside organizations are also organizing to place various housing-related measures on the statewide ballot in November 2018. In this post, we’ll provide an overview of these various bills and initiatives and then Read More

Meetings

3/15 Meeting Preview: ABAG Executive Board

By Chirag Rabari
BAMC entrance

ABAG’s Executive Board will meet this Thursday, March 15, starting at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Bay Area Metro Center. The meeting will consist of reports from ABAG’s Administrative Committee, Legislation Committee, Finance Committee, and Regional Planning Committee. View the agenda and download relevant attachments here, and continue reading on for a summary of major discussion and action items. Read More

Learn More About Electric Vehicles and Go For a Spin at Electrify America's "Discover and Drive Tour"

By Chirag Rabari
Electric Vehicle test drive

Interested in Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)? Ever wanted to take a Tesla Model S out for a spin? Bay Area residents will have a chance to learn more and go for a (free!) test drive through the rest of this week thanks to Electrify America's "Discover and Drive" tour. This Tuesday through Thursday (3/13 – 3/15) at the Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco, and from Friday to Sunday (3/16 – 3/18) at the Great Mall in Milpitas, Electrify America invites participants to discover more about EV ownership, incentives and chargers and drive EVs such as the Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Nissan Leaf Read More

Transportation

Pedestrian Fatalities Are Increasing Nationwide. Why?

By Chirag Rabari
Everyone Is A Pedestrian

A few weeks ago we highlighted how the Bay Area has experienced a recent sharp upward trend in fatalities and injuries from roadway crashes, and that bicyclists and pedestrian were bearing the brunt of these unwelcome developments. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) suggests growing dangers for pedestrians are not just a Bay Area issue: in both relative and absolute terms, pedestrian deaths nationwide are at levels not seen in decades. The report, Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities By State: 2017 Preliminary Data, contains a host of alarming findings about conditions Read More