Agency Collaborators Encourage Public Engagement to Guide “One Bay Area” Regional Transportation Plan
One Bay Area is a joint effort led by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). The four regional agencies are working together to engage the public as a part of their overall effort to produce an integrated regional transportation plan for the San Francisco Bay Area The plan goal is to reach out and engage the public, including underserved communities, through a combination of public engagement approaches.
Approximately 1,600 residents were reached through a variety of techniques, including meetings, festivals and door-to-door canvassing. Ten public workshops were held in each of the nine Bay Area counties plus an additional Oakland workshop to gather community feedback on transportation investment strategies and policy initiatives.
Based on the input gathered during this community-based outreach process a series of priority transportation investment strategies and priority policy initiatives were developed. The top transportation and policy choices were as follows:
- Invest more transportation funds to support cities that build new affordable housing near transit;
- Expand commuter rail services;
- More frequent service on transit routes with high ridership.
- Provide new requirements for employers to allow employees to work from home once a week and allow employees to pay for transit with pre-tax dollars;
- Provide economic strategies that protect existing jobs, create new jobs and/or preserve warehouse and industrial sites; and
- Subsidize the purchase and/or lease of electric vehicles and hybrids with increased availability of electric vehicle chargers.
The entire Regional Transit Plan can be downloaded from http://www.onebayarea.org/plan_bay_area/.