MTC Monthly Briefing: December 2016

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Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC Briefing: December 2016
Happy holidays from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission!
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Plan Bay Area 2040 Final Preferred Scenario Approved

Plan Bay Area 2040, an update to the region’s long-range transportation and land-use plan, marked a major milestone with the adoption of the Final Preferred Scenario by the MTC Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments Executive Board. The Preferred Scenario, which provides a roadmap for accommodating projected household and employment growth in the nine-county Bay Area by 2040 and also includes a regional transportation investment strategy, will now undergo an environmental assessment under the California Environmental Quality Act. Final adoption of Plan Bay Area 2040 is expected mid-2017. More

Millions Approved for Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Improvement Project

MTC’s Bay Area Toll Oversight Committee has authorized $27.2 million to construct a third eastbound lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, as well as a barrier-separated bicycle/pedestrian path adjacent to westbound Interstate 580 from Point Richmond to Point Molate.

This is the first of three contracts for the Interstate 580 Access Improvement Project, for which $73.6 million has been budgeted. Two future contracts will extend the bicycle/pedestrian path across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and complete connections to existing Bay Trail segments in Marin County. More

Freeway Service Patrol Heroes

MTC honored Freeway Service Patrol tow truck drivers Darryl Poe and Moises Reyes, and Waste Management of Alameda County driver David Garcia, for their quick response, calm under pressure, and selfless dedication to the safety of others when they teamed to save the life of a young motorist injured in an October 26 accident along Interstate 880 in Oakland. MORE

Clipper® Turns 10

Last month marked the 10th anniversary of the Bay Area’s Clipper electronic transit fare payment card. Named in honor of the clipper ships that revolutionized travel from the East Coast to San Francisco Bay during the Gold Rush era, the Clipper card today is accepted as fare payment by 20 public transit agencies across the Bay Area. Riders used Clipper® cards to pay fares for nearly half of all transit trips taken in the region last year – with more than 800,000 Clipper® fare payments processed each weekday. More

Ballot Measure Results

All but two of the 22 local and regional transportation and housing ballot measures endorsed by the MTC Commission were approved by voters in last month’s election. Together these measures will raise billions for efforts to extend and rebuild BART, maintain AC Transit operations, improve Muni and Caltrain operations, repair roads, reduce congestion, and build affordable housing. More


Timelapse of Bay Bridge Deconstruction

Bay Bridge Deconstruction
This time lapse video, filmed November 16, 2016, from the Oakland shoreline, captures the removal of one of fourteen 288-foot trusses as part of the process of dismantling the original East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The complete demolition of the span is expected by the end of 2018. View

Explore the MTC-ABAG Library

Are you researching transportation planning, demographics, economic trends or public policy issues? The MTC-ABAG Library is a fully accredited facility with over 15,000 books, periodicals and reports. The catalog can be accessed here and is open to the public by appointment. Explore
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Interstate 580 Access Improvement Projects
MTC and its partners invite the public to learn more about Interstate 580 Access Improvement Projects at open houses in Richmond (12/8) and San Rafael (12/9).

Thursday, December 8 – Friday, December 9

MTC, Caltrans, the Transportation Authority of Marin, and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority will be holding open houses to provide information and receive input from the public regarding Interstate 580 Access Improvement Projects.

Thursday (12/8/16) location: Richmond City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza
Friday (12/9/16) location: San Rafael City Hall, 1400 Fifth Avenue
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, December 9

The MTC Operations Committee, MTC Legislation Committee, and Joint MTC Planning and ABAG Administrative Committee will meet starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco.

Wednesday, December 14

The Bay Area Toll 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, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco.

Wednesday, December 21

The Bay Area Toll Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority, Bay Area Headquarters Authority will meet starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco.
The complete MTC meeting schedule and copies of meeting agendas are available on our web site. Please note that meeting dates and times are subject to change and should always be verified online. VIEW

MTC meetings are streamed live over the internet. Please note: the media player only functions during live broadcasts. Archived recordings are also available. VIEW

Be a Presenter at the 2017 YES Conference

MTC invites students from across the San Francisco Bay Area to show off their environmental work to their peers. The Youth for the Environment & Sustainability (YES) Conference is an annual event that encourages hundreds of students from across the region to lead, collaborate and discuss solutions to the climate change crisis. Presentations can range on any number of topics including education, policy or activism. The deadline to apply is January 3, 2017. The YES Conference will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center at 375 Beale Street in San Francisco. YES is a program of Spare the Air Youth, a partnership of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. More
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