Transit for the Future

MTC coordinates the development of innovative, next-generation transit projects the Bay Area will rely on as our cities grow and residents seek alternatives to cars.

Brenda Kahn

Trains, buses and ferries are essential to our transportation network — and will become even more important as the Bay Area’s population grows.

Transit means mobility for people without cars, and provides an alternative to driving for people who do own cars.

MTC’s funding priorities for the next generation of transit investments include:

  • Improving the region’s core transit systems
  • New bus rapid transit lines
  • Rail extensions that support future housing and employment growth
  • Integrating high-speed rail along the Peninsula corridor

Federal Transit Administration Funding at Work

MTC partners are harnessing Federal Transit Administration funds to bring their networks into the 21st century with more efficient, more effective transportation:

Caltrain Modernization

The Caltrain Modernization Program will electrify and upgrade Caltrain's commuter rail service between San Jose and San Francisco.

Muni Central Subway

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) Central Subway project will put more of the Bay Area within easy reach, with four new stations, increased capacity and better access for communities along the line.


To maintain, operate and improve the Bay Area’s transit services, MTC works closely with:

  • The region’s 27 transit agencies
  • County transportation agencies
  • City and county governments
  • Major business groups, advocacy groups and many others
Investing Billions

The Bay Area prioritizes the maintenance, operation and modernization of existing services over construction of new transit projects.

Over the next 25 years, we expect to invest $173 billion on maintenance and improvement of current transit systems, compared to $21 billion for new transit projects.

FTA Section 5309

FTA Section 5309 Capital Investment Grants are earmarked by Congress to help fund next generation transportation projects. These include:

  • New Starts grants of $75 million or more
  • Small Starts grants up to $75 million
  • Core Capacity grants to expand capacity on existing transit systems

Get the facts, the details and info on eligible projects when you download FTA's overview.