Long-Range Planning

Plan Bay Area is the long-range plan created by MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments that outlines a roadmap for the Bay Area's future.

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The nine counties that make up the Bay Area are continuously growing and changing. Every four years, MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments develop a long-range plan — Plan Bay Area — that charts the course for the region.

It makes recommendations about how cities and counties should plan for the Bay Area’s future, especially for regional projects like transportation and housing.

MTC provides funding for major regional projects. Cities and counties use Plan Bay Area to help make important decisions about how to invest that money.

Plan Bay Area 2050

How do we build a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, housing for all and safe transportation in the Bay Area? Plan Bay Area 2050, adopted in October 2021, identifies a potential path forward.

Plan Bay Area 2040

Plan Bay Area 2040, adopted in 2017, is the current, approved long-range Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. It builds on earlier work to develop an efficient transportation network, provide more housing choices and grow the region in a financially and environmentally responsible way.

Countywide Transportation Plans

Some counties develop their own long-range plans — countywide transportation plans — to guide transportation decisions in their communities. MTC assists them with cross-regional coordination.