Regional Planning in the Bay Area, the MPO—MTC

Bay Area Transit

The MTC’s priorities are out of line with the way people want to move/transport. In general, the SF Bay Area is really whacked on priorities, that’s why housing costs are so high and flora and fauna are given preeminence. The Bay Area is almost doomed without building more lanes.

Despite the efforts of ABAG and its compact development push, congestion and living condition will worsen.
More people need more more roads., and space. Duh! For San Jose, go south–Coyote Valley. It’s a shame that enviro-wackos are anti-human. The Bay Area has lost citizens–more positive domestic outflow. The pop. is growing due to births and immigration.

Costs include energy; do research. Emissions for public vs. private transport are similar. No benefits. Just supposed feel-good crap with make-work jobs and political favors. The MTC has priorities way out of whack and neglects to see reality, as is true with most MPOs. Over 65% of transportation dollars in the Bay Area is spent on public transit, while fewer than 5% of trips are via public transit. What companies and types of businesses compose the highway industry?

The region’s MPO, the MTC, has power and controls almost all of the transportation money in the Bay Area. In fact, in its wisdom, it has decided to devote to transit, double the amount of money towards roads, over the next 25 years, despite the fact that roads handle over 15 times as many passenger-miles. To accommodate the projected two million more people by 2035, the strategy is outlined in Resolution 3434, adopted in July 2005, to effectively allow the transportation system to handle the growth, for more people to live, work and study in close proximity to transit stations and corridors, so they are more likely to become riders. The policy also provides support for a growing market demand for more vibrant, walkable and transit convenient lifestyles by stimulating the construction of at least 42,000 new housing units along new transit corridors, to contribute to a forecasted 59 percent increase in ridership by 2030. That would roughly raise transit for the Bay Area from five percent of all travel, to eight percent. To maintain constant traffic levels, that would allow for only a 3% increase in density, if VMTs remain the same. The big hope is that VMTs will decrease. When zero-emission cars become more affordable, how will that affect travel? The TOD policy addresses multiple goals: improving the cost effectiveness of regional investments in new transit expansions, easing the Bay Area’s chronic housing shortage, creating vibrant new communities, and helping preserve regional open space. The policy ensures that transportation agencies, local jurisdictions, members of the public and the private sector work together to create development patterns that are more supportive of transit. The resolution explained three key elements of the regional TOD policy

About Randall
A contrarian, not for conflict, but because many decisions are made, without considering the full impact & consequences.

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