MTC News: See East Bay bike share map; $40 mill for GG Bridge suicide barrier; Waze & MTC share data

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Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC Briefing: January 2017
Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier
Positioned 20 feet below the Golden Gate Bridge pedestrian deck (as shown in this rendering), visually unobtrusive twin nets will help prevent suicides.
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MTC Grant Expedites Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier

MTC took action at its December meeting to direct an additional $40 million to the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier, closing the final funding gap in the $204 million project. The deterrent system, which is expected to save dozens of lives every year, will consist of twin nets hanging 20 feet below the bridge’s pedestrian deck along both sides of the 1.7-mile-long span. Work on the project is scheduled to start in early 2017, with fabrication and installation of the steel mesh safety system expected to take four years. More

Bike Share Expanding to the East Bay

An additional 66 bike share stations have been proposed in Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville as part of an expansion of Bay Area Bike Share into the East Bay. The proposed expansion plan will bring the total number of bike share stations in the East Bay to nearly 130. The public can view a map of the proposed expansion sites here and provide feedback on proposed locations here. Bay Area Bike Share is a partnership between MTC and Motivate, a global bike share leader. The regional bike share network, which also includes San Francisco and San Jose, is in the midst of a major expansion with support from Ford Motor Company. MORE

Bay Area Freeway Patrol Teams Up With Waze

MTC’s Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways (SAFE) unit has entered into a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced navigation app, to provide the public with better traffic and roadway information. Real-time information sharing will help Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow drivers detect traffic incidents while Waze users will receive the FSP updates on highway crashes and stalls. More

Construction Starts on Richmond-San Rafael Corridor Project

Construction crews are set to begin work on the first of a series of projects to relieve traffic congestion in the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge corridor by establishing a third eastbound lane on Interstate 580 from the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on-ramp in Marin County to the Richmond Parkway/Point Richmond off-ramp in Contra Costa County. The project also includes construction of a barrier-separated bicycle/pedestrian path adjacent to westbound I-580 from Point Richmond to Point Molate. More

MTC: Moving the Bay Area Forward

Watch this updated video to learn more about how MTC serves the 7.6 million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area. MTC’s core job is to provide a well-planned, smooth-functioning transportation network that safely gets people where they need to go, when they need to get there. View

Map of the Month

This map shows the growing movement toward state and local “self-help” in the funding of transportation infrastructure throughout the United States. According to the Eno Center for Transportation, the 30 top measures on the November 2016 ballot raised more than $195 billion for public transit and other transportation projects nationwide, including $133.3 billion from measures approved by California voters. Download
Upcoming Meetings & Events

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 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, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco.

Friday, January 13, 2017

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Bay Area Toll Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority, and Bay Area Headquarters Authority will meet starting at 9:30 a.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

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“The most striking thing to me about the [map depicting the November 2016 presidential election results] is how many purple counties there are, where the vote margin was +/-10% for either Trump or Clinton. In other words, our closely divided country once again proved just how closely divided it is. My Christmas wish: that we can start emphasizing the ‘close’ part more than the ‘divided’ one.” MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger, Report to the Commission, December 21, 2016. More
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