Our thoughts on the Bay Area's analysis of potential transportation projects

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We're getting close to decision time: which projects to include in or exclude from Plan Bay Area (the Regional Transportation Plan & Sustainable Communities Strategy).

That's why TransForm just sent MTC a letter to draw Commissioners' attention to three projects we recommend should be excluded from the RTP plus a host of "slam dunk" projects we feel should definitely be included.

At the February 17 Planning Committee meeting, MTC Commissioners will consider how to apply the results of a "Project Performance Assessment" (PPA) to inform the selection of specific transportation projects for the preferred transportation investment package (see here for MTC memo & materials, including table of projects' performance).

TransForm has been active throughout the PPA process (see our previous post). We recognize that this assessment was a dramatic improvement over the one done for the previous RTP. But our letter also points out three key shortcomings that need to be considered as MTC applies the assessment to final project selection.

Our letter is based on a longer analysis of the PPA process: what worked well, the three key shortcomings, and detailed analyses of the projects we recommend be included or excluded.

After Friday's meeting, county agencies will have a few weeks to "justify" low-performing projects and present those arguments at the March Planning Committee meeting. 

What you can do:

  1. Speak out at the MTC Planning Committee, Friday Feb 17, 9:30am [agenda]
  2. Call or write your Commissioner
  3. Be ready to comment at the March 9 Planning Committee meeting, where county agencies will be asked to "justify" low-performing projects.
  4. Contact us to find out how else you can get involved.

Posted February 16, 2012, by Stuart Cohen and Jeff Hobson. Updated Feb 17.

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