A Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity
The Bay Area’s Regional Transportation Plan, our blueprint for how billions of transportation dollars are spent, has always been an incredible policy opportunity.
Since TransForm’s founding in 1997, TransForm has been the Bay Area’s leader in the advocacy efforts around the Regional Transportation Plan. TransForm’s very first campaign is why the Metropolitan Transportation Commission finally adopted guidelines for where growth should – and shouldn’t – happen.
Together with dozens of partner organizations, we’ve celebrated major victories within the Regional Transportation Plan, from funding Safe Routes to Schools programs in all nine counties to filling gaps in transit service for low-income communities. We’ve also seen a huge shift in how funds are spent, with money heavily weighted towards investing in public transportation, biking, and walking rather than building more roads.
But when California passed SB 375 in 2008, it turned the Regional Transportation Plan into an even greater opportunity for change. The law requires each region in California to set specific targets for how much they will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from driving – and then create a “Sustainable Communities Strategy” that outlines the transportation, land use, and housing policies and investments that will achieve the emissions targets.
Groundbreaking Plan Still Falls Short in Addressing Climate and Affordability
Plan Bay Area is the Bay Area’s new Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and our Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). TransForm worked with a range of partners to shape this plan, and are proud that the final plan adopted goes farther than any in the country to direct funding and growth towards existing developed areas rather than our remaining open space.
Plan Bay Area includes a groundbreaking “One Bay Area Grant” (OBAG) program to focus investment in “Priority Development Areas” near transit. It also continues key initiatives TransForm pushed for, like a grant program for innovative projects to reduce driving. We’ll be tracking implementation of Plan Bay Area to make sure the strongest parts come to life.
But Plan Bay Area still has areas for improvement. In 2017, we want the region to do much more to increase affordability and prevent displacement. The Bay Area must aggressively invest in ways to reduce housing and transportation costs, especially for low-income families, for our region to truly prosper and meet climate goals.
For more information, contact Clarrissa Cabansagan.