MTC News: Leg Approves $52 Billion Package; Draft Long-Range Plan Released

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  Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC Briefing: March/April 2017  

MTC Applauds Passage of $52 Billion Funding Package

  California Governor Jerry Brown, center, discusses Senate Bill 1, which will raise $52 billion for transportation and infrastructure needs in California, during a news conference Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)  
  MTC commissioners are lauding state legislative leaders for their work in securing passage of Senate Bill 1, the largest transportation investment in California history. SB 1 is expected to generate $52.4 billion for transportation across the state over the next decade. By 2018-19, MTC estimates SB 1 will generate at least $365 million per year for transportation in the nine-county Bay Area. More  
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MTC   Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 Released for Public Comment
MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have jointly released the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040, an updated long-range transportation and land use plan for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Members of the public are encouraged to view and comment on the draft plan online at A list of open houses and public hearings is available here; the comment period closes Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 4 p.m. MORE
MTC   New Leadership Team Takes MTC Reins
Rohnert Park Mayor Jake Mackenzie (left) took over MTC’s reins after the MTC commissioners unanimously elected him as chair for the two-year term running through February 2019. Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty was elected vice chair. MORE
MTC   BART Extension to Warm Springs Opens
The long-awaited BART extension to Warm Springs/South Fremont is now open for service. The $890 million project connects the new station with the Fremont station and will pave the way for BART’s Berryessa extension to north San Jose, set to open later this year. MORE
MTC   Clipper® Expands to Union City Transit
Clipper®, the all-in-one transit fare payment card already accepted on 20 Bay Area transit systems, has officially expanded to Union City Transit. The bus system will accept Clipper® cards loaded with cash value or a 31-day pass good for unlimited travel. MORE
MTC   The Art and Architecture of BART’s New Warm Springs Station
This time-lapse footage showcases how the new Warm Springs station in Fremont looks at various times of day. VIEW
MTC   Teens Talk Climate Change at YES Conference
Some 500 junior high and high school students from around the region gathered at MTC’s offices at the Bay Area Metro Center on a recent Saturday for the third annual Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference. VIEW
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MTC   Most Congested Urban Areas in the U.S.
This map highlights a recent study that examines traffic congestion in over 1,000 cities across 38 countries. The study reveals that the U.S. is ranked as the most congested developed country in the world and San Francisco is ranked as the fourth most congested city globally in terms of peak hours spent in congestion. DOWNLOAD
  Upcoming Meetings & Events  
  Open houses and hearings for Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 will be held between May 4 and May 22 in each of the nine Bay Area counties. For a complete list of Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 open houses and public hearings – including locations, dates and times – click here.

Friday, April 14

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

Tuesday, April 18

The MTC Executive Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, in the Board Room.

Friday, April 21

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, April 26

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

MTC meetings are streamed live over the internet. Please note: The media player only functions during live broadcasts. Archived recordings are also available. VIEW
MTC   Bay Area Metro Center Shuttle Service
An ADA-accessible minibus to and from BART’s Embarcadero station is available to the public on MTC committee and commission meeting days, as well as for select ABAG and Bay Area Air Quality Management District meetings. MORE
MTC   Resilient by Design’s New Virtual Home
The Bay Area’s Resilient by Design Challenge has a beautiful new home online. This site will report on efforts to recruit multidisciplinary, international teams to identify innovative solutions to the threats of climate change, rising sea levels and earthquakes in locations across the nine Bay Area counties. Sign up to get involved. MORE
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