Plan Bay Area 2040 Draft Plan

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will host an open house to receive comments regarding Plan Bay Area 2040.  The open house is Wednesday, May 17, 2017 between 6:30pm and 8:30pm at the MTC headquarters at 375 Beal Street ( about a 10 minute walk for Embarcadero Station). DRAFT PLAN LINK

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is now available; comment on the DEIR and the Draft Plan through June 1.

Some statistics include:
*  501,000 jobs added between 2011 and 2015
*  65,000 housing units built between 2011 and 2015
*  Regionally 1 house built for every 8 jobs created.

Where will the region plan for the 820,000 new households forecasted between 2010 and 2040.  Regionally by 2040, 3.4 million households are forecasted. 46% will be in the “Big 3 Cities”  — SF, Oakland, San Jose.

1.3 million new jobs  (36% in the Big  3 Cities)

So what does it all mean?  Climate Change, Housing costs and displacement, Economic Development and Environmental Impact and Transportation.

A question raised at a recent MTC committee meeting was: Should cities seeking economic development take responsibility for housing?  (Think the Menlo Park Facebook Expansion).  The local Menlo Park approval for 6,000 more jobs has regional impact.

No mention of a Public Regional Express Bus System to move the population.   More Private Commuter buses operating on your residential street?

Draft Plan and Draft EIR at Plan Bay Area 2040 Draft Plan


1 thought on “Plan Bay Area 2040 Draft Plan

  1. Reader comments:

    No mention of a Public Regional Express Bus System to move the population. More Private Commuter buses operating on your residential street?

    A Regional bus system won’t help much if the buses are perpetually bogged down in freeway and arterial traffic. DTX is the best and most available, unmet off-street transit connection in the Region. Another good bet involves the Muni Metro System. Doubling the peak period riding capacity of Muni Metro would be a relatively inexpensive way of making an equivalent difference.

    Transit-only bus lanes during the peak driving hours would help greatly. As would congestion pricing and/or highway tolling. We can’t have it both ways. We can’t continue to make the highways free and at the same time solve the congestion problem. So long as the Region keeps growing and we all insist on taking our own 2 or 3-ton shells around with us everywhere we go, the congestion will continue to get worse.

    To some, the private commuter bus is clearly a major irritant. However the inconvenient truth is that the commuter buses are serving a need. Instead of eliminating them cities should make sure that they don’t interfere with other essential functions and that they don’t adversely affect neighborhoods. Forcing the long distance commuter into “hubs” (i.e. inconvenient transfer stops) would undoubtedly send a lot of would-be riders back in their personal vehicles. Instead of beating down the private service we should ape it. Long distance regional buses, whether publicly or privately operated, should be comfortable, quiet and well-appointed, and during the peak driving hours they should operate in free-flowing highway and arterial lanes.

    Those measures, together with certain long-ignored passenger rail improvements, would put the Region on the road to “transportation balance” of the type it enjoyed a few decades ago.

    J C, Transportation Engineer


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