The Vallejo Intermodal Transit Center. Photo by Karl Nielson.
Article: Adapting to Rising Tides (Oct. 2011)
MTC, in partnership with Caltrans and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), is part of a pilot project sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that is conducting risk assessments of impacts on infrastructure from projected sea level rise
The San Francisco Bay Area's four regional government agencies are collaborating on key initiatives to develop an integrated long-range transportation and land-use/housing plan, tackle climate change, improve air quality, protect the Bay, and increase energy efficiency. Because these initiative cut across jurisdictional boundaries, they can benefit from a coordinated, collaborative approach:
Plan Bay Area is the Bay Area’s long-range transportation and land-use/housing plan. Plan Bay Area is the Bay Area's first long-range, regional plan to integrate transportation and land use, as required by California Senate Bill 375. The long-range plan is updated every four years.
MTC's Climate Initiatives Program focuses on public outreach and education efforts aimed at helping individuals develop climate-friendly behaviors, reduce the Bay Area’s carbon footprint and lay the groundwork for future climate change initiatives.
The Bay Area Prosperity Plan is a new Bay Area initiative made possible by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), awarded jointly to ABAG and MTC in June 2012.
Multi-agency initiatives help increase the efficiency of local businesses, prepare for an influx of electrical vehicles, and reduce energy use in government faclitities and private residences across the region. ABAG partners with MTC and BAAQMD to facilitate the Electric Vehicle Readiness Program, in addition to administering the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Assistance Program (GHGE), the Bay Area Green Business Program, and Emergy Upgrade Calfiornia's Bay Area Call Center.
BAAQMD developed the Bay Area 2010 Clean Air Plan in collaboration with partner agencies to improve Bay Area air quality and protect public health. The Clean Air Plan addresses four categories of pollutants: ground-level ozone, particulate matter, air toxics and greenhouse gases.
The San Francisco Bay Plan is BCDC's master blueprint for reversing the Bay's decline. It includes policies regulating all Bay filling and dredging, protection of wetlands and water quality, development within the first 100 feet of Bay shoreline and preparing for climate-induced sea level rise.