MTC’s planning work guides public transit agencies, cities and counties on important decisions that affect Bay Area residents and visitors.


Karl Nielsen

MTC’s vision for a mobile, connected, sustainable, equitable and economically vibrant Bay Area is realized in part through our planning programs. These include:

Long-Range Planning

Plan Bay Area is the long-range plan created by MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). Cities and counties across the region use this plan as a guide to improve our communities.

Two people at a Treasure Island waterfront park look at the San Francisco skyline.

The shared staff of MTC, ABAG and the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority are working together to solve the housing crisis, so that all Bay Area residents can have an affordable home.

Construction of a multifamily home.
Land Use

Transportation planning and land use planning go hand in hand. MTC works with ABAG and local cities and counties to plan for transportation and housing projects that map to the Bay Area’s current and future needs.

Aerial of Alameda County, with Oakland and the San Francisco Bay.

MTC’s resilience and planning efforts help protect the Bay Area from earthquakes, floods, landslides and fires — as well as prepare for climate change hazards like sea level rise, extreme storms and drought.

An LED roadway sign indicating flooding ahead.

MTC plays a vital role in planning, funding and coordinating the Bay Area’s transportation systems, including public transit, bridges, freeways and local roads.

Scooter and bike share at a bus station.