We have finally hit the point in the Sustainable Communities Strategy process where MTC has developed a comprehensive Transportation Investment Strategy. We have just sent MTC a letter with six recommendations, one for each of the 'investment strategies' in staff's presentation of the overall funding package.
The recommendations are:
- Fund the Climate Innovative Grants program, based on evidence from the first round of funding, to follow through on commitments made in the last RTP.
- Impose special requirements on at least BART and Muni to develop a funding plan to demonstrate how they will achieve a State of Good Repair, or at least how they will continue to maintain the existing level of repair. In the meantime, MTC should give greater scrutiny to capital expansion projects by the two agencies.
- Revise the One Bay Area Grant program to provide more guidance to counties to make the program better address displacement, encourage affordable housing, and support sustainable and equitable growth in PDAs.
- Dramatically increase funding for the BART Metro project, the most cost-effective project MTC analyzed.
- In the Bay Area Express Lane Network, eliminate the projects that would widen I-80 to Yolo County line and I-580 to the San Joaquin County line. Commit to a transparent public planning process to ensure the network creates more transportation choices and supports access for low-income residents.
- Increase investments in the Transit Performance Initiative and the Lifeline Transportation Program.
- May 11, 2012 (9:30 AM)- Meeting of the joint ABAG Administrative Committee and MTC Planning Committee. They will be asked to refer approval of the joint land use scenario and the transportation investment strategy.
- May 17, 2012 (7:00 PM) - Special Meeting of the joint ABAG/MTC Board to finalize the referred approval from May 11 meeting.
- June 2012 - Select alternatives to be evaluated in Plan Bay Area EIR
- December 2012 - Release Draft Plan Bay Area and EIR
- April 2013 - Plan Adoption of the preferred scenario will comprise the Project alternative to be evaluated as part of the CEQA-required Program EIR.
For more information, see:
- TransForm's letter
- Sample Action Letter to MTC Commissioners
- Read Transform's Recommendations for Express Lanes
- MTC's agenda for the April 13 joint meeting of the MTC Planning Committee and ABAG Administrative Committee. See agenda item #4. Here are links to MTC staff's memo & presentation. You can also see the list of all the draft projects and funding details in the Technical Appendices.