Association of
Bay Area Governments
Bay Area Air Quality Management District Bay Conservation and Development Commission Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Preserving the Bay Area's quality
of life through collaborative planning

The Bay Area emits global warming pollution at three times the world average; and 40 percent of these emissions come from the transportation sector, mostly from cars, trucks, buses, trains and ferries. Whether it is air and water quality, transportation infrastructure, or parks and open space, climate change is expected to adversely affect the manmade and natural resources that Bay Area residents depend on for a high quality of life. That’s why the four agencies are collaborating through One Bay Area to address this shared challenge. Many of the measures being taken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and/or mitigate the effects of climate change are required by state and federal law.

The One Bay Area Climate Initiatives Program consists of the following major efforts:

Innovative Grants

This program funds major demonstration projects to test the most innovative strategies to promote changes in driving and travel behaviors. This marks the first time the Bay Area has focused its energies on a climate protection initiative, providing a great opportunity to learn what kinds of strategies can most effectively reduce GHG emissions.

Spare the Air Youth Program

Spare the Air Youth is a new regional program that aims to educate, inspire and empower youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area to walk, bicycle, carpool and take transit. A part of MTC’s Climate Initiatives Program in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Spare the Air Youth seeks to find effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation, while also providing a regional resource for students, parents, teachers and program providers.

Smart Driving Pilots

Smart Driving is a set of strategies and techniques that maximize fuel efficiency by improving driving habits and vehicle maintenance. These actions can reduce GHG emissions from our cars, improve gas mileage, reduce fuel costs, increase safety and lessen stress. The smart driving pilot program tests how installing temporary in-vehicle devices that display drivers’ gas mileage in real time can help drivers achieve greater fuel economy. It also tests how providing smart driving tips and other educational information can help drivers improve their gas mileage.

Electric Vehicle Promotion

MTC is partnering with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Association of Bay Area Governments to develop an electric vehicle (EV) strategy for the Bay Area. Included in that strategy is a promotional campaign that is currently being developed. The campaign will build awareness and demand for plug-in electric (PEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) in the Bay Area. Increasing the number of PEVs and PHEVs will result in millions of gallons in fuel savings annually, stimulate the local economy, create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health.