Map of the Month

Each month a new map is presented to the Commission to help explain important trends in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. These custom-crafted maps are prepared by MTC’s Data & Visualization team.

December 2016
These maps provide three different views of the recent presidential election. The first map shows county-by-county results in the traditional red and blue colors. From a transportation perspective, one clear takeaway is that you could drive coast-to-...
November 2016
This month's map shows the growing movement towards state and local “self help” in the funding of transportation infrastructure throughout the United States. According to the Eno Transportation Foundation, the largest measures on the November 2016 ballot...
October 2016
This month's map is focused on the early-bird commute for workers living in the Northern California Megaregion. This region is home to approximately 12 million residents and 5 million commuters, of which approximately 582,000 travel during the early...
September 2016
This map shows Census designated urbanized areas that extend into the jurisdiction of an adjacent Metropolitan Planning Organization. There are two such urbanized areas within the jurisdiction of MTC; one in Davis, which extends from the Sacramento Area...
July 2016
How were cities distributed globally in the past? How many people lived in these cities? How did cities influence their local and regional environments? This month's map seeks to answer these questions by illustrating the worlds population growth within...
June 2016
This map depicts housing production performance for Bay Area jurisdictions between January 2010 and December 2015, and housing production over the past year. Key conclusions are summarized below: Based on the last six years of growth, the region won't...
March 2016
This map depicts the real costs of living in California's communities, as defined by a recent report released by the United Way of California titled: Struggling to Get By. Key findings in this report show that one in three California households (31%) do...
February 2016
This map of the month answers the question: Which states rely the most on federal aid? The map depicts all federal governmental transfers to the states, not just transportation funding. For the nation as a whole in FY 2013, a full 30% of state revenues...
January 2016
For the first time ever, firearms and motor vehicles are killing Americans at an identical rate, according to an analysis of CDC data by the Violence Prevention Project at UC Davis. The convergence of the rates of these causes of death (as shown in...
December 2015
This chart compares the historical fixed rate Revenue Bond Index (RBI) to the actual results of BATA's financings since 2000. As you can see, the average RBI over that time period is a little over 5%, while BATA's actual "all in" blended rate is nearly...
November 2015
This map depicts that the region added 114,317 low- and moderate-income renters between 2000 and 2013 (or 72 households per census tract on average). But the distribution of these new and existing households was not uniform across the region. Census...
October 2015
This graph shows the historical rolling 12-month total vehicle miles traveled on all roads starting in 1971. Vehicle miles traveled increased 4.2% year-over-year in July 2015, continuing an upward trajectory that started in March 2014. This ended an...