Plan Bay Area

Every four (4) years the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopts a long-range transportation plan for the Bay Area Region known as the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). 

For the next iteration of the 25 year long-range plan, Plan Bay Area, MTC has partnered with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to address new requirements flowing from California’s 2008 Senate Bill 375 (Steinberg), which calls on each of the state’s 18 metropolitan areas to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars and light trucks. This is important because the transportation sector represents about 40 percent of the GHG pollution that scientists say is causing climate change.  

The mechanism for achieving these reductions will be a Sustainable Communities Strategy that promotes compact, mixed-use commercial and residential development that is walkable and bikable and close to mass transit, jobs, schools, shopping, parks, recreation and other amenities. If successful, Plan Bay Area will give people more transportation choices, create more livable communities and reduce the pollution that causes climate change.

On March 22, 2013, MTC and ABAG released the draft plan for public comment and review and on April 2, 2013, the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for comment.  The comment period on the Draft Plan and DEIR will close at 4:00 pm on May 16, 2013.  The final plan is to be adopted by summer 2013. 

To view the draft plan visit

CLICK HERE to go to the Plan Bay Area Page. 


Next Meeting:

Napa County Plan Bay Area 2040 Open House/Public Hearing

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Elks Lodge - 2840 Soscol Avenue, Napa, CA, 94558


Goals for this Open House:

 - Build Awareness for the pending focused update to Plan Bay Area

- Introduce the Public to the planning process, key milestones and issues under consideration

- Review the linkages between the regional plan and local transportation and land use priorities.

- Review and seek comments on the goals and performance framework for the update, which will build off the 2013 Plan.