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Plan Bay Area 2040

MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have just released the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040. After two years of public discussion and technical work, the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 is an updated long-range Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. 

Multi-colored illustration of people walking, biking and working from the draft Plan Bay Area 2040 cover.
Monday, April 3, 2017

Plan Bay Area 2040 is the Bay Area’s roadmap for:

  • Forecasting transportation needs through the year 2040
  • Preserving the character of our diverse communities
  • Adapting to the challenges of future population growth

The effort grew out of the California Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (California Senate Bill 375, Steinberg), which requires each of the state’s 18 metropolitan areas – including the Bay Area – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. Plan Bay Area 2040 is a limited and focused update of the region’s previous integrated transportation and land use plan, Plan Bay Area, adopted in 2013. View the draft Plan Bay Area 2040 at

MTC and ABAG have worked together to craft a plan that will support a growing economy, provide more housing and transportation choices, and reduce pollution caused by transportation. 

Plan Bay Area 2040 is slated for adoption in July 2017. MTC and ABAG have scheduled workshops throughout the region to allow the public to weigh in on the Draft Plan. Visit the Plan Bay Area website to learn more about how you can get involved.

MTC and ABAG have scheduled open houses in each of the nine Bay Area counties in May for comment on the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040. Residents are encouraged to attend a workshop where they can view displays, ask questions and offer comments on these documents. Find the full list of open houses or email comments by June 1, 2017 to On the Draft EIR email to Via U.S. Postal Service, please direct to MTC-ABAG, Plan Bay Area 2040 Public Comments, Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94105..

Public comments like those collected during spring 2015's Plan Bay Area 2040 open houses and the virtual open house will help inform staff recommendations and, ultimately, the final decisions about Plan Bay Area 2040 made by MTC and ABAG. At key milestones in the development of Plan Bay Area 2040, staff will summarize the input heard at open houses, as well as on our online forum and any emailed or mailed comments, for consideration by the boards of ABAG and MTC.

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Draft Plan Bay Area 2040
View the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 and submit your comments.