Regional Transportation Plan

Learn About BABC's Advocacy Platform

 Sign up to support the BABC Platform for MTC's Regional Transportation   Planand Sustainable Communities Strategy.

  Every 4 years, MTC plans transportation investments for the region and   we need your help to increase Safe Routes to School funding, strengthen Complete Streets policies, reserve a percentage of One Bay Area grant projects for stand-alone bicycle pedestrian projects, and mprove modeling and data collection. 

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Sustainable Communities Strategy

Sign up to support the BABC Platform for MTC's Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy.  Every 4 years, MTC plans transportation investments for the region and we need your help to:

- Increase Safe Routes to School funding

- Strengthen Complete Streets policies

- Reserve a percentage of One Bay Area grant projects for stand-alone bicycle pedestrian projects

- Improve modeling and data collection

 

Download the full BABC platform here.

Download our latest letter to MTC on SCS here.

2035 Regional Transportation Plan

Transportation planning agencies around the nine-county Bay Area planned ways to improve and change the way we will get around in the next 25 years.  New tunnels, larger train networks, more ferries, road rehab, highway projects, new bike facilities and pedestrian accommodations are all on the table for consideration during the revision of MTC’s Regional Transportation Plan.

This process and document, known as the “RTP” or “T2035 Plan,” articulates a 25 year vision for getting around in the Bay Area. The RTP decides $100 BILLION+ in regional transportation investments and is one of the major opportunities the public has to shape how the Bay Area will grow and travel.  This blueprint is revised every four years.

Download a copy of the T2035 plan from the MTC website.

BABC worked together with local bicycle coalitions and TransForm to advocate for increased funding for sustainable transportation.  Working together, our coalition managed to secure several important wins:

A Billion for Bikes
The greatest success for bikes was a huge increase in regional bicycle funding, with the regional commitment increasing 5-fold from $200 Million to $1 Billion dollars over the next 25 years.  This money will fund the Regional Bikeway Network, a 2100 Mile network of bike facilities connecting all the counties in the Bay Area and providing better bicycle access to transit stations.

A Commitment to Climate
The RTP includes a promise of $400 Million dollars to a 5 year Climate Initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging sustainable transportation.  Included in this program is funding for Safe Routes to School and Safe Routes to Transit.

Building Livable Communities
Over $2 Billion dollars in funding over the next 25 years is promised to the Transportation for Livable Communities (TLC) program which encourages Transit Oriented Development by improving bicycle and pedestrian access to transit stations.  This is double the funding TLC received in the 2030 RTP.

The fight for regional funding for bikes is far from over.  While the RTP is intended to guide funding decisions for the region, MTC still has the flexibility to choose how funds are distributed among the programs defined in the RTP.  BABC will continue to work with our allies in monitoring funding proposals from MTC to ensure that these commitments in the RTP are fulfilled.  Follow the Funding section of BABC's website for updates on our advocacy on bike funding for the Bay Area.

These wins wouldn't have been possible without your letters, public comments and financial support.  We would like to thank everyone who supported our efforts to secure more funding for bikes in the RTP.  Please support BABC so that we can continue to build a better future for bicycling in the Bay Area.

2030 Regional Transportation Plan

Ever wonder what will the Bay Area be like in 25 years?  The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is not only wondering about our future—they are planning and budgeting it!

In the T2030 Regional Transportation Plan, BABC successfully lobbied MTC (the

regional transportation planning agency for the 9 counties of the Bay Area) to create a new account solely for the purpose of funding bike and pedestrian projects.  And we succeeded:  $200 million over 25 years was designated to flow through the “Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.”  This money, $8 million a year, is meant to build out the Regional Bicycle Network and improve walking facilities around regional transit and business hubs.

That was a big improvement over the 2001 RTP, where no money at all was designated specifically for bikes and pedestrians.  Yet the $8 million per year advance we made in 2004 is not guaranteed to be included in the T2035 Plan.  And even if it was, $8 million a year is not enough to build many projects for the entire Bay Area.

In fact, the projected “shortfall” (the amount we don’t have) to complete the Regional Bicycle Network is estimated to be around $965 million (2004 dollars).  At $8 million a year, it will take us literally 120 million years to get a region with a coherent bicycle infrastructure! 

So yes, $965 million is a lot of money.  But compare it to a single proposed highway project in Marin:  the current cost estimate to add one automobile lane in each direction to the 16-mile Sonoma-Marin Narrows is estimated at more than $800 million.

Download the T2030 Plan from the MTC website.

Visit the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan to see the wins BABC made for bicycling in 2009.
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