Fix It First
Most of the Bay Area’s transportation dollars take care of the streets, highways and transit systems we already have. MTC calls this approach “Fix It First.”
Bay Area residents deserve safe and well-maintained streets, highways and transit systems.
“Fix It First” ensures that we take care of the infrastructure we already have — to keep the network strong and support the regional growth anticipated by Plan Bay Area.
MTC works with Bay Area cities, counties and transit agencies to help make the best use of limited funds, including Federal Transit Administration funding for state of good repair projects (also known as Transit Capital Priorities).
By measuring the current condition of pavement, cities and counties know where to invest in repairs and make their budgets go further.
This process helps ensure that limited federal transit dollars go to projects that are essential — and have the biggest impact on Bay Area residents.
How well are we maintaining our local streets? See data on pavement conditions when you visit the Vital Signs website.
MTC offers a variety of tools, resources and technical assistance programs to Bay Area cities and counties, including grants, knowledge sharing and direct support.
MTC’s Pavement Management Technical Assistance Program helps the Bay Area’s cities and counties make cost-effective improvements to streets and roads.
MTC’s award-winning StreetSaver software helps cities and counties in the Bay Area and around the country make maintenance decisions that stretch their pavement budgets further.
The Bay Area has some of the oldest transit systems in the West. Muni and Caltrain both are more than 100 years old, and most of the region’s other major agencies are well into middle age.
Check out these birthdates:
- Caltrain - 1864
- Muni California Street Cable Car - 1878
- AC Transit - 1960
- Golden Gate Transit & Ferry - 1970
- BART - 1972
- VTA - 1973
- SamTrans - 1976
While MTC has pursued the “Fix It First” approach for more than a decade, federal and state leaders are now also encouraging this strategy:
“[This] plan will modernize 20,000 miles of highways, roads and main streets, not only ‘fixing them first’ but ‘fixing them right,’ with safety, resilience and all users in mind.” — President Joseph Biden, American Jobs Plan, Mar. 2021
“Tonight, I propose a ‘Fix-it-First’ program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country.” — President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Feb. 2013
“It’s difficult to make the case to folks that we should build new things when we’re struggling to fix the things we do have.” — California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly, Dec. 2013