The Bay Area economy depends on its strong regional transportation systems, as trains, buses and ferries transport commuters throughout the region to their employment centers and our highways, bridges, and road infrastructure ensure the seamless flow of commerce. Yet this transportation system is facing the severe implications of a changing climate. By the end of the century, sea level rise is estimated to flood up to 1,460 miles of roadways and 140 miles of railways around the San Francisco Bay, which would effectively grind the region to a halt. It is therefore critical that we adapt our transportation infrastructure to respond to climate threats to ensure the continued flow of people and goods to support a strong regional economy. Bay Planning Coalition’s Resilient Transportation Committee works to strengthen the region’s transportation system to adapt to a changing climate and support the expansion of water transportation as one of the most resilient forms of transportation in the Bay Area.
Resilient Transportation Policy Goals 2020:
- Strengthen the resilience of transportation infrastructure to support the movement of people and goods.
- Promote the expansion of water transit services and terminals.
- Support transit-oriented development on the waterfront and near ferry landings.
David Carlson, WSP
Nile Ledbetter, San Francisco International Airport