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The Blog is Back!

Sophie Janotta via Wikimedia Commons
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

MTC-ABAG

The Best of The Bay Link

The Bay Link
Karl Nielsen

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 over the last few months. Don't forget to subscribe to receive a weekly digest of the latest posts, and feel free to drop us a line at blog@bayareametro.gov for any comments or questions.

Housing and the Economy

  • The Bay Area’s Fastest Growing Cities and Towns (link)
  • New Data from U.S. Census Shows (Mostly) Broad and Steady Employment Growth, Highlights Changing Nature of Bay Area Economy (link)
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Meetings

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

MTC Commission and staff sitting in the board room.
Noah Berger

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 23. Highlights included the Commission offering a "Support and Seek Amendments" position on 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

Meetings

Preview of 5/11 ABAG and MTC Meetings

The interior of the board meeting room at the Bay Area Metro Center.
Noah Berger

Three meetings are scheduled for Friday, May 11, at the Bay Area Metro Center: the MTC Operations Committee, the Joint MTC Planning Committee with the ABAG Administrative Committee, and the Joint MTC Legislation Committee and ABAG Legislation Committee

Read on for a summary of the major items that will be discussed and the recommended actions for the MTC Commission/ABAG Executive Board.

Tune in live to the meetings on Friday from our Live Webcasts page, and bookmark the main Meetings page to read the meeting agendas and keep up with all MTC meetings. Read More

Transportation

Friday Video: Ribbon-Cutting for Third Eastbound Lane on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

The opening of a third eastbound lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is a major milestone in a long-awaited project to relieve rush-hour traffic that backs up into San Rafael every night.

As seen in the above video, a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening brought out a host of dignitaries last week, including MTC’s Commissioners Damon Connelly (Marin County Supervisor), Amy Rein Worth (Mayor of Orinda), and Federal Glover (Contra Costa Supervisor). Also in attendance were former MTC Commissioner and Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey, Assembly Member Marc Levine, Mayor of Richmond Tom Butt, and Caltrans District 4 Chief Deputy Director Dan McElhinney. 

Read more about the project in this blog post or the I-580 Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvement Projects page on the MTC website. The new traffic lane is just the beginning of expected improvements along this very busy corridor. Read More

Meetings

4/25 Meeting Wrap-Up: Commission Actions and Approvals

MTC Commission and staff sitting in the board room.
Noah Berger

April’s monthly Metropolitan Transportation Commission meeting was held on Wednesday, April 25. Read on for a summary of the major actions and approvals by the Commission at the meeting, as well as links to the video recording of the meeting and the agenda. Read More

Transportation

Third Eastbound Lane on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Opens Today

Cross Section of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge (Looking West) Showing Proposed Improvements
Peter Beeler
Diagram showing (in orange) the new third lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to accommodate peak-period traffic in the eastbound Interstate 580 direction.

Caltrans today will open a long-awaited third eastbound lane on Interstate 580 to accommodate peak period traffic from San Rafael to Richmond. The opening of the lane marks a major milestone in the multi-year, $53 million project to convert the right shoulder to carry afternoon traffic from Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Rafael to a newly-expanded Richmond Parkway/Point Richmond exit in Richmond.  Read More

MTC

MTC Now Accepting Applications for College Summer Internship Program

Six people, two men and four women, stand on steps.
MTC's college interns from 1982.

Do you know a college or graduate student looking for a paid internship in the Bay Area this summer? Are they interested in work that is intimately connected to the nine-county Bay Area’s transportation system, housing, jobs, environment and economy? Well, look no further—MTC is offering paid college internships in San Francisco starting as early as June 2018. Read More

Meetings

Preview of 4/11 Meetings

16 people sit at the board seats in the board room of the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco. A large white screen and an American flag are behind them,

Five of MTC’s standing committees will meet on Wednesday, April 11, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center: the Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee, the MTC Administration Committee, the MTC Programming and Allocations Committee, the MTC Policy Advisory Council Equity & Access Subcommittee, and the MTC Policy Advisory Council. Here is a peek at what is on their agendas, as well as links to all the meeting agendas. Read More