New road and housing rules for 2019 in place

By Mark Prado
Bay Bridge Toll Plaza
Noah Berger

As 2019 has arrived, so have a host of new laws affecting transportation and housing.

One of the new laws, MTC-backed AB 516, gets rid of generic car dealer issued paper plates with no identifying information. Some drivers would drive through electronic toll areas and there would be no way to identify that vehicle and assess a toll. Annual losses are pegged at $15.5 million on Bay Area bridges. The new laws requires temporary identifying plates until permanent plates arrive in the mail.

Also, green and white decals for low- or zero-emission vehicle no longer have access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

On the housing front, AB 2923 allows for housing density on BART-owned lands to help create more housing close to transit. It's an issue that has been studied by MTC. It's among several new laws designed to stimulate the creation of affordable and other housing in the region and state.  


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