Plan Bay Area 2050 will outline how the Bay Area can meet its transportation needs through 2050 while preserving the character of its diverse communities and adapting to future population growth.
What is Plan Bay Area 2050?
Plan Bay Area 2050 is a state-mandated, integrated long-range transportation and land use plan. As required by Senate Bill 375, all metropolitan regions in California must complete a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) as part of a Regional Transportation Plan. In the Bay Area, MTC and ABAG are jointly responsible for developing and adopting a SCS that integrates transportation, land use and housing to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets set by the California Air Resources Board.
The region adopted its previous plan — Plan Bay Area 2040 — in July 2017. Plan Bay Area 2040 is a limited and focused update that builds upon the growth pattern and strategies developed in the original Plan Bay Area (adopted in 2013) but with updated planning assumptions that incorporate key economic, demographic and financial trends from the last four years.
What does Plan Bay Area do?
Plan Bay Area 2050 will provide a roadmap for accommodating projected household and employment growth in the nine-county Bay Area by 2050 as well as a transportation investment strategy for the region. Plan Bay Area 2050 will detail how the Bay Area can make progress toward the region’s long-range transportation and land use goals.
Plan Bay Area 2050 encompasses the entire Bay Area, including the nine counties and the 101 cities and towns that make up the region. The plan will be constrained by the amount of expected transportation revenues and expected household and employment growth.
Plan Bay Area 2050 will neither fund specific transportation projects nor change local land use policies. Importantly, individual jurisdictions retain all local land use authority. But Plan Bay Area 2050 does set a roadmap for future transportation investments and will identify what it would take to accommodate expected growth.
Work on Plan Bay Area 2050 is expected to begin in August 2019.