Bay Area transportation projects released for public review

Karl Nielsen

MTC has released the Draft 2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). This list of more than 700 Bay Area transportation projects reflects approximately $10.3 billion in committed federal, state and local funding for the four-year period through 2024.

The TIP is the Bay Area’s comprehensive four-year spending plan that lists all transportation projects and programs for which any action by a federal agency is expected, including major regional projects with no federal funding. The TIP is financially constrained by year, meaning that the amount of dollars committed to the projects must not exceed the amount of dollars estimated to be available. MTC must adopt a new TIP at least once every four years, and the TIP must also be approved by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

In conjunction with the release of the Draft 2021 TIP, MTC also released the Draft Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis, which ensures that both the Draft 2021 TIP and the amended Plan Bay Area 2040, the Bay Area’s transportation and housing blueprint, conform to federal air quality plan, known as the State Implementation Plan. Conformity means that the transportation activities will not cause new air quality violations, worsen existing violations, or delay timely attainment of the relevant national ambient air quality standards.

MTC encourages public comment on the TIP and the Draft Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis. The review and comment period will close on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. To help facilitate this process, these documents will be presented at a public meeting to be held virtually via Zoom. This presentation is scheduled to take place during MTC’s Programming & Allocations Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 9:45 a.m., or immediately following MTC’s Administration Committee meeting, whichever occurs later.

Additionally, written comments may be submitted to MTC’s Public Information Office at 375 Beale Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94105; faxed to MTC at (415) 536-9800; or sent via e-mail to Written comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020. For more information, call MTC’s Public Information Office at (415) 778-6757. At its Wednesday, December 9, 2020 meeting, MTC’s Programming and Allocations Committee is scheduled to consider public comments received. Approval of final documents is expected on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the MTC Commission meeting.


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