MTC Briefing: Ballot Positions, Bike to YBI, Fresh Traffic Data, Meet Our Award Winners

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Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC Briefing: November 2016
Bay Bridge Bike Path
The San-Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge bike path to Yerba Buena Island is now open to the public. Photo by Karl Nielsen.
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MTC Takes Positions on November 2016 Ballot Measures

MTC has endorsed 22 local ballot measures that together would generate approximately $16.4 billion for transportation, including efforts to extend and rebuild BART, maintain AC Transit operations, improve Muni and Caltrain operations, repair roads and reduce congestion, and provide approximately $3 billion for affordable housing and homelessness. More

Bike/Ped Path on Bay Bridge East Span Now Extends to Yerba Buena Island

The last segment of the bicycle/pedestrian path across the Bay Bridge East Span opened to the public on Sunday, October 23, 2016, allowing cyclists and pedestrians to go all the way from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island.

The bike path will be open weekends and holidays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed weekdays while demolition of the old Bay Bridge East Span continues. Hours will be extended in the spring and summer. A free shuttle connects the path's landing on Yerba Buena Island with parking on Treasure Island. MORE

MTC Honors Contributors to Bay Area Transportation

MTC presented 13 “Excellence in Motion” awards during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to honor people, projects and organizations for exceptional contributions to Bay Area transportation. More

Fresh Data on Bay Area’s “Vital Signs” Show Big Jump in Freeway Congestion for 2015

MTC unveiled its annual ranking of the Bay Area’s most congested freeway segments, with the afternoon drive on northbound U.S. 101 and eastbound Interstate 80 in San Francisco ranking as the region’s most congested location. More

Transit Needs in San Francisco’s Employment Core

A new report by MTC along with six Bay Area public transit agencies finds that transit serving San Francisco’s primary employment centers experienced growth exceeding even the most aggressive forecasts over the last 10 years. The region’s transportation infrastructure is already past physical capacity during peak travel periods and will be unable to accommodate anticipated future riders without significant new transportation investments. MORE

Environmental Program for Youths Wins Statewide Award

Caltrans has recognized the Bay Area’s Spare the Air Youth Program with an Excellence in Transportation Award in the Public Awareness Campaigns category. Spare the Air Youth encourages youth in the San Francisco Bay Area to choose active transportation through coordination programs that aim to reduce transportation emissions. MORE

Motivate and MTC Announce Expanded Bike Share Equity Program

As part of the tenfold bike share expansion from 700 to 7,000 bikes across San Francisco, the East Bay and San Jose, Motivate and MTC announced a $5 introductory annual membership rate for low-income Bay Area residents.

MTC and Motivate also announced $260,000 in new funding for community-based organizations to conduct outreach and education for low-income and minority residents in the bike share service area. MORE

Excellence in Motion Grand Award

Deb Hubsmith
Watch the inspiring story of Deb Hubsmith, posthumous winner of MTC’s Excellence in Motion Grand Award. View

Watch all 13 Excellence in Motion award videos.

Map of the Month

Megaregion Map
The “Megaregion Early Morning Commute Map” shows the percentage of people by census tract who begin their commutes at 6 a.m. or earlier. There are over a half-million workers who travel to work in the early morning hours, and these travelers are more likely to be located in outlying areas such as Tracy, Manteca, Dixon, Fairfield, Brentwood and Antioch. Download

Explore the Latest Vital Signs Data

MTC’s latest Vital Signs release shows rapid growth in congestion and jobs – and a big slowdown in housing units permitted. Explore, visualize and share the latest Vital Signs indicators in four key areas of regional vitality: transportation, land and people, the economy, and the environment. Explore
Upcoming Meetings & Events

Wednesday, November 9

The Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee, MTC Administration Committee, and MTC Programming and Allocations Committee will meet starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center. MTC’s Policy Advisory Council will meet at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, November 14–Sunday, November 20

The SF Urban Film Festival is co-sponsored by MTC and will be in venues around San Francisco. This unique film festival focuses on cities and civic engagement inspired by great storytelling. The festival believes compelling stories can help shape urbanist ideas, practice and project implementation to improve our cities. Organized by urban planners, the festival screens films in tandem with panel discussions and storytelling workshops.

Wednesday, November 16

The Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority, the Bay Area Headquarters Authority, the Bay Area Toll Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will meet starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center.

Thursday, November 17

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the ABAG Executive Board will meet starting at 7 p.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center to consider adoption of the Final Preferred Land Use Scenario and Transportation Investment Strategy for Plan Bay Area 2040.
The complete meeting schedule and copies of meeting agendas are available on our website. Please note that meeting dates and times are subject to change and should always be verified online. VIEW

Meetings are streamed live over the internet. (Please note: the media player only functions during live broadcasts.) VIEW

MTC’s Operational Statistics for October 2016

The number of FasTrak® accounts and Clipper® cards continue increasing on a month-to-month basis, and there have been improvements in wait times for both the Call Box program and the Freeway Service Patrol, according to MTC’s Operational Statistics for October 2016. Download

MTC’s 16th Class of High School Interns Experience Life Beyond School

Follow the experiences of the high school sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors who made up MTC’s 16th class of high school interns in our special five-part feature, “A Summer in Transportation.” The 39 students were placed in summer internship positions at local transportation agencies throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, with the goal of introducing them to the possibilities of careers in transportation. More
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