Upgrading to Plan Bay Area 2.0

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Time flies. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since our regional agencies passed Plan Bay Area - our region’s groundbreaking effort to improve transportation, housing, and sustainability.

If you’ve been in the Bay Area for these past couple of years, you know so much has changed even in one year, let alone two. When the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) approved Plan Bay Area in July of 2013, they probably weren’t anticipating that rents in San Francisco would outpace New York City. Yet skyrocketing housing prices are now the norm for families from the Mission to Martinez.

The pace of change is sparking both tough challenges and promising new solutions. Long-term residents have to compete with high-income employees who want to live in prime locations near transit. It’s no coincidence that lower income families are moving to the suburbs, as most of the urban housing units being built right now are luxury condos. And the tech sector is starting to play a larger role in how Bay Area residents get around than just private corporate shuttles.

Luckily, the Bay Area is about to take a new look at how we can make sure our region is an affordable place for all to live, work, and get around. 

As we help to shape Plan Bay Area version 2.0, TransForm will be prioritizing these key issue areas:

  • Protecting at-risk communities with policies to address housing affordability and displacement, especially for low income households and communities of color.
  • Preventing highway expansion by pushing for a more equitable Express Lanes Network that invests in transportation choices to move people, not just cars.
  • Setting high standards to direct funding to projects that most effectively move our region closer to our goals of less sprawl and driving.
  • Improving mobility and reliability for everyone by securing more money for public transportation and maintenance of our existing transportation systems.
  • Expanding the reach of carsharing and other innovative technologies to bring the benefits of the shared mobility economy to low-income communities.

Our regional agencies need to hear from you!

Beginning this month, MTC and ABAG are kicking off our next regional plan with public meetings in each of the nine Bay Area counties, where they’ll ask Bay Area residents to reflect on Plan Bay Area and provide initial direction for this new planning process. Please join us at the upcoming Plan Bay Area 2040 Open House Meetings to learn more and share your input. Click on your county below for meeting location information:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

For more information on Plan Bay Area, or how to get involved, send me an email. You can also sign up here to receive direct updates from our regional agencies about Plan Bay Area and future public workshops. 

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