Asking the Bay Area to Do Better on Active Transportation

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) unanimously approved adjustments to Plan Bay Area 2040 and the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) at a joint meeting on Wednesday, July 26. Plan Bay Area 2040 is a long-range plan to guide transportation investment and land-use decisions through 2040, while accommodating future population growth and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in accordance with SB 375. The National Partnership believes in strong planning efforts to address the health, safety, and climate goals of the region and are pleased that MTC and ABAG have committed to reducing by 10 percent the adverse health impacts associated with air quality, road safety, and physical activity. However, the adopted plan falls far short, with only a very small reduction of 1%. In a comment letter, the National Partnership recommends MTC and ABAG take stronger steps to create a healthier and more active Bay Area by hiring additional planning staff, devoting more resources to improving active transportation data, and increasing support for active transportation programming.

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