Planning

MTC

New Book Adds to Former MTC Staffer's Global Legacy

Hank Dittmar
Hank Dittmar. City of Santa Monica photo.

Former MTC staff member Hank Dittmar's DIY City: The Collective Power of Small Actions, posthumously published this summer by Island Press, reinforces Dittmar's influence on the fields of transportation, urban planning and global sustainability by sounding a note of caution about grandiose design schemes and emphasizing instead the big impacts that can be made by smaller adjustments to the urban fabric Read More

Public Participation

Residents from Santa Clara, Sonoma counties invited to Wednesday comment session on Plan Bay Area

Plan Bay Area 2050
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Noah Berger

Santa Clara County residents and Sonoma County County residents will be able to voice their views in separate Wednesday sessions on the newly released Plan Bay Area 2050 Draft Blueprint, a 30-year regional vision that seeks to create a more affordable, connected, diverse, healthy and vibrant Bay Area. Read More

MTC-ABAG

Mayor of Bayville planning game proves popular

Plan Bay Area 2050

New routes for bicycles and pedestrians, denser housing near transit stops, and more frequent and reliable train service were the top three strategies chosen by more than 3,100 people who played the Mayor of Bayville this fall as part of the development of Plan Bay Area 2050, a long-range transportation and housing plan that will help chart a course for the Bay Area’s future over the next 30 years. Read More

MTC-ABAG

MTC-ABAG holds inaugural governance meeting

MTC-ABAG
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Peter Beeler

A 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments obliged the agencies to begin discussions on whether the MTC and ABAG should restructure their governing boards to better serve the region and to make better use of the agencies’ consolidated staff.  Read More

Policy

Chew on This: Federal Performance Targets (Comments Due by April 17, 2018)

Image of freeway congestion in the vicinity of Danville, CA.
One of the performance targets under consideration measures traffic congestion, expressed as annual hours of peak-hour excessive delay per capita.
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Noah Berger

Here’s a question only a policy wonk could love: Should a performance target be achievable or aspirational? In other words, should it be based on current trends, or on desired outcomes? That question is at the heart of a position paper now circulating for review by MTC’s partners, stakeholders and the public. Read More

Land Use

Reminder! Applications for Priority Development Area (PDA) Assistance Programs Due March 5

Rendering of Mission Blvd. Tree-lined roadway with pedestrian walkways.

Priority Development Areas (PDAs) are neighborhoods near transit and other amenities that city or county governments have identified and approved for future growth. PDAs are key to the "Focused Growth" strategy at the heart of Plan Bay Area 2040, the nine county region's long-range transportation and land use plan.

Applications are due March 5, 2018 for three MTC PDA assistance programs (Planning, Technical Assistance, and Staffing) that will help local governments plan for and implement PDAs within their jurisdictions, and thereby help the region achieve its goals for the environment, economy and equity.

Key Documents

For more information, contact Mark Shorett, PDA Program Manager, mshorett@bayareametro.gov, (415) 820-7994. Read More