August 2018 RAWG Update: Spotlight on Horizon and Plan Bay Area 2050 Project Performance Methodology

August 2018 RAWG Update: Spotlight on Horizon and Plan Bay Area 2050 Project Performance Methodology 
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge facing east. (Photo: CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)
Coming Up in August
Horizon is now in full swing. For our upcoming August meeting, we will be taking a closer look at the Horizon and Plan Bay Area 2050 Project Performance Methodology. Discussion will focus primarily on proposed revisions to the benefit-cost analysis used for transportation projects.
Our August meeting will be held Tuesday, August 7. Can’t make it in person this month? Join us online and tune into the meeting via the MTC website.
We are also nearing the submission deadline for the Request for Transformative Projects. This is a unique opportunity to share BIG ideas for transforming transportation in the Bay Area as we know it – and be part of creating a regional vision for a next-generation transportation system. And we want to hear from you!
July Recap
A centerpiece of July was the further review and presentation of the three proposed futures to study through the Horizon process.
These widely divergent futures are designed to test and identify strategies and investments that are most effective across multiple futures. Each one is framed to answer a central “what if” question:
  • Clean and Green – what if new technologies and a national carbon tax enabled greater telecommuting and distributed job centers?
  • Rising Tides, Falling Fortunes – what if the federal government cuts spending and reduces regulations, leaving more policy decisions to states and regions?
  • Back to the Future – what if an economic boom and new transportation options spur a new wave of development? 
Preliminary regional forecasts, including population, employment and demographic trends, as well as associated revenue impacts, were discussed in depth for each future in a special webinar, which took place instead of the in-person RAWG meeting.
Following the webinar, the proposed futures were presented at the July 13 MTC Planning Committee meeting and July 19 ABAG Executive Board meeting. Staff will start the analysis and modeling of the three final futures over the next few months.
Stay Connected
  • Our September RAWG meeting has been cancelled and, in its place, a webinar on the second Perspective Paper, which will focus on travel demand management, will be held on Tuesday, September 18. Keep an eye out for an invite and more details soon!
  • Sign up for the Horizon e-newsletter. Keep current on all that’s going on with MTC and ABAG’s ambitious planning initiative and sign up for updates.
  • Join the conversation any time @MTCBATA and@ABAGSFBayArea.
For more information on these efforts, please contact Dave Vautin at
We look forward to your input and feedback at the next RAWG meeting. See you on August 7!
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