Plan Bay Area 2050

Plan Bay Area 2050 is a 30-year regional plan that charts a course for a Bay Area that is affordable, connected, diverse, healthy and vibrant for all residents through 2050 and beyond.

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Plan Bay Area 2050 is a long-range plan created by MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) in collaboration with Bay Area residents, partner agencies, and nonprofit organizations. It lays out a $1.4 trillion vision for a more equitable and resilient future for Bay Area residents.

Thirty-five strategies make up the heart of the plan to improve housing, the
economy, transportation and the environment across the Bay Area’s nine counties — to make the Bay Area more equitable for all residents and more resilient to unexpected challenges.

Guiding Principles

Plan Bay Area 2050 aims to make the region more affordable, connected, diverse, healthy and vibrant – these are the five Guiding Principles of the plan. 

They were developed in conjunction with members of the public, partners and elected officials.

Advancing Equity

Each strategy in Plan Bay Area 2050 has been crafted to advance equity, with particular attention paid to the needs of people living in Equity Priority Communities.

Increasing Resilience

The plan builds upon the foundation of the Horizon initiative, which explored “What if…” scenarios — called Futures — for the region’s future. Each Future included different possibilities for the economy, population growth, the severity of natural hazards and adoption rates for telecommuting or autonomous vehicles.

The 35 strategies included in Plan Bay Area 2050 proved effective across multiple Futures, or respond to challenges that remained unaddressed after the conclusion of the Horizon effort.

A Shared Vision

Plan Bay Area 2050 reflects a shared vision that cannot be enacted by any single agency or organization. 

Only through partnership with local, state and federal governments — as well as with advocacy groups, the private sector and Bay Area residents — will the plan’s vision of creating a Bay Area that is a better place to live and work come to life.

Strategies for the Future

Released in May 2021, the Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 focuses on the interrelated elements of housing, the economy, transportation and the environment. 

The heart of the plan is 35 strategies that take a comprehensive look at the Bay Area’s challenges, and identify actions to be taken in the coming years, including:

  • Envisioning a next-generation network of frequent-service transit lines
  • Tackling the regional housing crisis 
  • Creating pathways to the middle class through inclusive economic growth
  • Pioneering a suite of protections against sea level rise

Read the Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 and share your feedback.

What’s Next?

Before Plan Bay Area 2050 is adopted in fall 2021, MTC and ABAG are developing a short-term Implementation Plan. This plan focuses on concrete actions that MTC and ABAG can advance, in partnership with other organizations, in the next one to five years.

Read the Draft Implementation Plan.