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Joe Curley

Catalina Alvarado

Public Outreach for 20-Year Plan

MTC to Hold Three Workshops on Regional Transportation Plan

OAKLAND, Calif., March 27, 1998
. . . The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will hold three public workshops to foster citizen involvement in the Regional Transportation Plan, a comprehensive, 20-year investment program for transportation in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The dates and locations of the workshops are:

North Bay: Saturday, April 18, 1998
9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
John F. Kennedy Library
Joseph Room, 2nd Floor
505 Santa Clara Street

South Bay: Saturday, April 25, 1998
9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Network Meeting Center (at Techmart)
Silicon Valley Room
5201 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara

Central Bay Area: Saturday, May 2, 1998
9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter
101 Eighth Street

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is MTC's principal long-range planning document. The plan specifies the investments and strategies necessary for the maintenance, management and improvement of the Bay Area transportation network, including mass transit, highway, airport, seaport, railroad, bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Last revised in 1996, the RTP is due for a major update in 1998 to cover the years 1999-2018.

"Over $88 billion will be spent on transportation in the Bay Area during the 20-year course of this Regional Transportation Plan," notes MTC Executive Director Lawrence D. Dahms. "This is a significant public expenditure, and we want to encourage citizens to get involved in the planning decisions that guide this investment. We hope these workshops will stimulate citizen interest and participation in the 1998 RTP."

The workshops will be informal in nature, with the first hour or so being devoted to an open house (with display materials available for viewing and MTC staff on-hand to answer questions). This will be followed by a presentation with public participation. Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to review and comment on the financial projections, policy choices and investment strategies that have guided MTC's development of the 1998 RTP to date. The workshops also will discuss transportation improvements that might be funded from new revenue sources, such as a future regional gas tax.

A draft of the 1998 Regional Transportation Plan (and associated Environmental Impact Report) is scheduled for release in June. Additional meetings will be held at that time for further public comment and review.

For more information (including directions to the workshop locations), contact the MTC Public Information Office by telephone at 510/817.5787, by e-mail at <>, or on the World Wide Web at

MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.