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San Francisco to Host Forum on Future of Interstate Highways

Public Invited to Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 Events
John Goodwin, 415-778-5262

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) invite Bay Area residents and visitors to take part in an ongoing Study of the Future Interstate Highway System, and to attend a pair of upcoming listening-and-outreach events in San Francisco at which participants can share recommendations about how best to plan, fund, operate and maintain the 60-year-old, nearly 47,000-mile freeway network in the decades ahead.

TRB will host the first of these meetings on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Yerba Buena conference room at the Bay Area Metro Center at 375 Beale Street in San Francisco. The second meeting will be held at the same location on Friday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

At the request of Congress, TRB — which is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine — is in the midst of a study that will provide recommendations to support the Interstate Highway System for the next 50 years. Throughout 2017, TRB is holding a series of events across the country to hear from Americans about the Interstates and the future of the system. The Feb. 23-24 events in San Francisco will focus on issues of regional governance and planning, and on possible funding innovations. TRB asks members of the public who wish to participate to RSVP at

MTC is the regional transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. TRB is a nonprofit organization that provides innovative, research-based solutions to improve transportation; manages transportation research by producing publications and online resources; convenes experts that help to develop solutions to problems and issues facing transportation professionals; and provides advice through policy studies that tackle complex and often controversial issues of national significance.