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Bay Area Invited to Share Visions for Region’s Future at Contra Costa County Meeting

Horizon Workshop Set for Walnut Creek on Wednesday
John Goodwin, MTC (415) 778-5262

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) planners invite members of the public to share their visions for the future and their policy priorities for the Bay Area at a Contra Costa County public workshop as part of the agencies’ Horizon initiative to develop a long-term transportation and land-use strategy to guide the nine-county region through 2050.

  • The meeting will be held: Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., in Walnut Creek at the Embassy Suites, 1345 Treat Blvd.

MTC and ABAG staff have identified three distinct scenarios that present both opportunities and challenges in the coming years:

  • Rising Tides, Falling Fortunes: Tax cuts and spending caps reduce federal infrastructure funding, requiring states, cities and regions to shoulder more of the burden; autonomous vehicles fail to live up to the hype; and lack of action on climate change results in a three-foot rise in sea levels by 2050, creating a new set of infrastructure needs in an era of slow growth;
  • Clean and Green: The U.S. government strengthens environmental regulations and implements a nationwide carbon tax; new technologies like virtual reality foster telecommuting and smaller-scale workplaces; and high-tech manufacturing thrives while growth slows in more energy-intensive sectors; and
  • Back to the Future: Smart policies and increased infrastructure investment drive continued prosperity; rapid job growth makes the U.S. more attractive to immigrants; Silicon Valley technologies are dominant worldwide; and wealthy American seek larger suburban homes, with access to job centers provided by autonomous vehicles and hyperloop lines.

Now it’s the public’s turn to “Transform the Future” by defining priorities, raising questions and offering comments to help MTC and ABAG to identify policies that can be effective across all possible futures

Bay Area residents who want to participate in the Horizon Futures process but can’t make to the workshop can recommend strategies to help the region prepare for a better future on the Vital Signs website at Visitors to the site can explore the opportunities and challenges unique to each future, and take a deeper dive into how each future performs for select indicators, such as housing affordability or greenhouse gas emissions.

Follow the Horizon conversation on Twitter @MTCBATA or at For more information, contact Dave Vautin, Horizon project manager at

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