Regional Transportation Studies

MTC studies how people travel throughout the Bay Area in order to plan for new and better ways to move around the region.

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MTC studies how people travel throughout the Bay Area to propose new and better ways to move around our region.

Bay Area Regional Rail Partnerships Study

MTC worked with rail operators and other public agencies to explore new ways to make decisions for, manage and deliver rail infrastructure and services in the Bay Area.

An Amtrak train on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge.
Bay Area Transit Ridership Trends Study

Exploring why transit ridership in the Bay Area started falling and how to reverse this trend.

Bay Area Transit Ridership Trend Study
Bay Area Transportation Study

Collecting data to better understand the Bay Area’s transportation needs.

Bay Area Transportation Study
Bay Crossings Studies

Studying how traffic moves across the Bay.

Traffic in the Yerba Buena Island tunnel
Bay Trail SFO Gap Study

Identifying potential Bay Trail alignments to close the three-mile Bay Trail gap around San Francisco International Airport.

Aerial over San Francisco International Airport.
Clipper® BayPass Pilot Program

The Clipper BayPass program is designed to measure how an all-system pass could impact travel in the Bay Area.

A person tagging their Clipper card at a ferry terminal.
Clipper® START℠

Discounted rates on public transit for adults with lower incomes living in the Bay Area.

Clipper Card and Clipper START logo.
Core Capacity Transit Study

A collaborative effort to improve public transportation to and from the core of San Francisco.

Core Capacity Transit Study
Dumbarton Bridge Resilience Study

Addressing the threat of rising tides on the bridge's west approach.

The Dumbarton Bridge, with reeds in the foreground, rises over the San Francisco Bay.
Express Carpool Check Pilot Program

Testing a new smartphone app – RideFlag – to see how well the app works to verify carpools in an MTC Express Lane.

Two people in the front seat of a car taking a selfie for the RideFlag app.
Express Lanes START℠

Discounted rates in the Interstate 880 Express Lanes for adults with lower incomes living in the Bay Area.

A smiling woman in a car's driver seat holds a FasTrak Flex transponder.
Incentivizing Active & Shared Transportation Pilot Program

Studied ways to encourage Bay Area travelers to choose environmentally friendly travel modes instead of driving alone.

A crowd of pedestrians in a crosswalk as an articulated Muni bus passes by.
Next Generation Bay Area Freeways Study

The Bay Area’s freeways are too congested — people and goods are stuck in traffic — creating problems for individuals, for communities, for the environment and the economy.

Aerial over Interstate 580 and a BART station in Alameda county.
Northern California Megaregion Goods Movement Study

The first study of the goods movement system to improve delivery of consumer products, food and parcels across the Bay Area’s nine counties.

A cargo ship loaded with shipping containers docked at the Port of Oakland.
Origin-Destination Study

The Origin-Destination Study looks at travel patterns at four Bay Area locations to improve active transportation access and conditions in those areas.

A cyclist on the Golden Gate Bridge path on a foggy morning.
Regional Onboard Survey

A passenger survey program that goes right to the source — Bay Area commuters.

Caltrain passengers outside the 4th and King Station in San Francisco.
Southern Alameda County Integrated Rail Analysis (SoCo Rail) Study

The SoCo Rail Study is the first step in developing an East Bay passenger rail hub.

Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train.
Transit Fare Coordination & Integration Study

Researching ways to make the region's transit network better coordinated and more affordable.

A line of transit riders paying for their fare with Clipper cards.
Transit Sustainability Project & Transit Performance Initiative

The Transit Sustainability Project and Transit Performance Initiative work together to help prioritize investments that get transit vehicles out of traffic congestion.

A man on a SamTrans bus
Travel Diary Survey 2023

Collecting travel, demographic and vehicle information, to give a timely picture of Bay Area travelers.

Bay Area Travel Survey logo.