Bay Area Plan/YouChoose Bay Area

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A bevy of  Bay Area planning agencies have joined together for a series of interactive public workshops all over the Bay Area this month and next.

Using a web-based simulation tool workshop participants can consider different transit, land use and other policy choices for their region and see the implications. Participants will also be able to and voice their opinions and give direct feedback to the agencies.

The events are being sponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in conjunction with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District,  the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and a group of nonprofits.

But why wait for a workshop? Check out the YouChoose tool here

Register for an event and make your voice heard here

Read more about the comprehensive regional planning process and the “One Bay Area” kick-off report here

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Reconnecting America: Transit Space Race 2011

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Reconnecting America has just released its 2011 report on transit projects in the United States.

The report, titled “Transit Space Race 2011: A Catalog and Analysis of Planned and Proposed Transit Projects in the US“, is a compendium of transit planning across the country. Due to the fluid and changeable nature of transit planning, the report comprises  a “snapshot in time” during a survey period of late 2010.

The result is a window into transit demand in communities nationwide, and most notably the huge gap between the volume of competitors and the number of available transit infrastructure dollars from the federal New Starts program.

Download the report here

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