Climate Protection

Cleaner air is not just a good idea, it’s the law. MTC’s investments and policies advance projects and programs that protect our environment.

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State law requires the Bay Area to cut per capita carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from cars and light trucks through coordinated transportation and land use planning. By the year 2035, the region must reduce emissions by 19% compared to 2005 levels.

The following programs help support our climate goals:

Active Transportation Program

Taps state and federal funds to support programs that make walking and biking better travel options for Bay Area residents.

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Climate Initiatives

MTC's climate initiatives programs help the Bay Area meet emissions-reduction targets set by state law.

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Regional Active Transportation Plan

Guides investments in infrastructure and regional policy development and implementation.

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Safe Routes to School

Builds safer routes for walking or biking to school, with training and education for students on safe travel behaviors, and encouragement and information for families.

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Plan Strategies Chart Course to Exceed State Targets

The region's long-range plan for transportation, housing, the environment and the economy is called Plan Bay Area 2050. It includes an ambitious Climate Initiatives Program to help our region reduce per capita CO2 emissions by 20%.

Learn more about how MTC is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

How Clean is Bay Area air?

Particulate matter poses a significant health threat and environmental issue to Bay Area residents. See how we’re doing by the numbers at MTC’s Vital Signs.

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MTC works closely with the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and other public and private partners to advance climate initiatives.