MTC News: Resilient by Design Challenge; Vital Signs data on Bay Area economy; Carpooling innovations

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Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC Briefing: February 2017
King Tides
A king tide washes over a bike path in Marin County, driving home the urgency of the “Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge.” Photo by Noah Berger.
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Contest Spotlights Sea Level Rise Solutions

A just-announced competition will tap some of the most creative minds in the fields of architecture, design, engineering and urban planning worldwide to develop solutions to the sea level rise threatening shoreline communities and infrastructure in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as other hazards such as seismic threats. Largely funded by a $4.6 million grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, the “Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge” will fund 10 demonstration projects spanning all nine Bay Area counties that address a range of Bay Area vulnerabilities. MTC is a partner in the effort through its role in the Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC), which provided leadership in securing the grant and serves on the Executive Committee for the effort. More

Vital Signs Tracks Economic Trends

MTC has released nine performance indicators on the San Francisco Bay Area economy as part of its Vital Signs project. The fresh data document the region’s robust economic conditions and a vexing side effect: explosive growth in home prices and rent payments, which remain the highest in the nation. Meanwhile, the cost of housing for new renters in the Bay Area has increased nearly 45 percent since 2010, according to a new indicator tracking the advertised price for available rental housing. The data also reveal the region’s economic disparities: While unemployment is declining overall, there are pockets of high unemployment. MORE

Make “The Hub” Your First Stop

Located on the ground floor of the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco’s Rincon Hill neighborhood, The Hub is a one-stop storefront for programs and services offered by the three regional agencies that recently joined forces at the building: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Bay Area Air Quality Management. You can pick up a FasTrak® toll tag or a Clipper® fare card, and load value to both. You can also apply for a permit from the Air District, or buy a set of maps for the San Francisco Bay Trail, while concierges can help you plan your commute. Located at 375 Beale Street, The Hub is sharing the space with Ada’s Café, which will offer breakfast and lunch. More

App Guarantees Parking Spots for Carpoolers to BART

MTC is partnering with BART and Scoop Technologies to maximize the efficiency of BART’s parking lots through carpooling. Commuters who carpool to the Dublin/Pleasanton Station with the help of the Scoop app will be guaranteed parking until 10 a.m., with Scoop covering the cost of your parking for a limited time. This partnership represents the latest step in MTC’s longstanding efforts to promote carpooling, which in recent years have included partnerships with several developers of apps or other high-tech tools. Made possible through a federal grant, the pilot project eventually will expand to more BART stations. More

Partnership Promotes Carpooling to SF

UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente have formed a partnership with Waze Carpool and MTC to encourage employees to share the ride to work. Workers headed for these institutions’ San Francisco medical facilities can now use the Waze Carpool app to find carpool partners, thereby reducing solo driving and traffic congestion on the Bay Area’s most congested freeway corridors. Under the program, UCSF and Kaiser Permanente will use Waze Carpool as a tool to help their workers reach hospitals that aren’t well-served by BART or transbay buses, while also reducing the parking crunch around their Mission Bay, Geary and Parnassus campuses. More

“OpenRoad” Celebrates the Bay Area’s Open Spaces

Looking for inspiration for your next hike? “OpenRoad with Doug McConnell” takes viewers on a visual journey to explore the natural, historical and cultural treasures of the Bay Area and Northern California, focusing principally on parks and protected open spaces. The third season of the half-hour show kicked off in January, airing on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Bay Area. Hosted by Doug McConnell, an outdoor enthusiast and fixture on the Bay Area TV scene, the program often highlights segments of the San Francisco Bay Trail, which MTC supports financially. MORE

Metro Comparison for Rent Payments

Metro Comparison for Rent Payments
The Bay Area continues to have the highest median rent payments of any major metro in the United States, according to the latest data release from MTC's Vital Signs project. While the Bay Area has experienced booming demand for rental housing, land use policies have limited the supply of new housing, contributing to higher rents. Our region’s median rent payments have also grown faster than any other major metro area except New York over the last 45 years. More
Upcoming Meetings & Events

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Bay Area Regional Collaborative will meet at 10 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, in the Board Room.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Bay Area Toll Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will meet starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, in the Board Room.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The MTC Planning Committee and ABAG Administrative Committee will hold a special joint meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, in the Board Room.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Making Mind-Blowing Models: MTC staff will talk about how sophisticated models are helping to create a picture of what the Bay Area’s future will look like. Starts at 12:30 p.m. at the SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco.
The complete MTC 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

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Ira Watkins
San Francisco-based artist, Ira Watkins. Photo by Peter Beeler.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Bay Area Metro Center Community Art Program invites the public to view a painting retrospective of the San Francisco-based artist, Ira Watkins.

The exhibit will be held through March 31st, 2017, in the first floor lobby of the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco. Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
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