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Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 Released; Public Invited to Comment Online or at Open Houses

John Goodwin, MTC (415) 778-5262; Leah Zippert, ABAG (415) 820-7995

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) today released the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040. After two years of public discussion and technical work, the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 is an updated long-range Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. This document discusses how the Bay Area will grow over the next two decades and identifies transportation and land-use strategies to enable a more sustainable, equitable and economically vibrant future.

The effort grew out of the California Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (California Senate Bill 375, Steinberg), which requires each of the state’s 18 metropolitan areas – including the Bay Area – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. Plan Bay Area 2040 is a limited and focused update of the region’s previous integrated transportation and land use plan, Plan Bay Area, adopted in 2013. View the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 at

MTC and ABAG have scheduled open houses in each of the nine Bay Area counties for comment on the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040. Residents are encouraged to attend a workshop where they can view displays, ask questions and offer comments on these documents. The full list of open houses is as follows:



Date and Time

Alameda County Open House

Fremont City Hall

City Council Chambers

3300 Capitol Avenue


Thursday, May 4

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Contra Costa County Open House

Embassy Suites Hotel

Contra Costa Ballroom

1345 Treat Blvd.

Walnut Creek

Wednesday, May 10

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Marin County Public Workshop and Open House

Mill Valley Community Center

180 Camino Alto

Mill Valley

Saturday, May 20

8:30 a.m. Reg./ Open House

9 a.m. Presentation

Open house continues until 1 p.m. 

Napa County Open House

Elks Lodge

2840 Soscol Avenue


Monday, May 15

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


San Francisco Open House

Bay Area Metro Center

Yerba Buena Conf. Room

375 Beale Street

San Francisco

Wednesday, May 17

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


San Mateo County Open House

Sequoia High School

Multi-Purpose Room

1201 Brewster Avenue

Redwood City

Thursday, May 4

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Santa Clara County Open House

Marriott Hotel

San Jose Ballroom IV-VI

301 South Market Street

San Jose

Monday, May 22

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Solano County Open House

Solano County Events Center

601 Texas Street


Monday, May 15

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Sonoma County Open House

Finley Community Center

2060 W. College Ave.

Santa Rosa

Monday, May 22

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Three public hearings also are opportunities for interested residents to comment on the Draft Plan and its Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Plan Bay Area 2040, which is slated for release on April 17, along with a Draft Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis for Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 and Amended 2017 Transportation Improvement Program on May 1. The full list of public hearings is as follows:

Public Hearing


Date and Time

Public Hearing in San Jose

Martin Luther King Library, Room 225

150 E. San Fernando Street

San Jose, CA 95112

Tuesday, May 16

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Public Hearing in Vallejo


Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

734 Marin Street


Thursday May 18

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Public Hearing at Joint Planning/Adm. Committees in SF

Bay Area Metro Center

Board Room

375 Beale Street

San Francisco

Friday, May 12

9:40 a.m.

Members of the public also are encouraged to view and comment on the draft plan online at Comments will be reviewed by officials from both agencies as they consider the adoption of the final Plan Bay Area 2040, slated for July 2017. Written comments will be accepted at the open houses; via mail to MTC Public Information, 375 Beale Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA, 94105; via fax to 415.536.9800; or via email to


The comment period for all documents will close on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 4 p.m.

Questions? Visit, email, or call 415.778.6757.

Accessible Meetings

Do you need an interpreter or any other assistance in order to participate? Please call us at 415.778.6757. We require three days notice in order to provide reasonable accommodation.


¿Necesitas un intérprete o cualquier otra asistencia para participar? Comunícate al 415.778.6757. Necesitamos aviso con tres días de anticipación para proporcionar asistencia razonable.

ABAG is the Council of Governments and official regional planning agency for the 101 cities and towns, and nine counties of the Bay Area. MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.