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Bay Area Transit Authority Announces Twelve Project Proposal Finalists

Oct 24, 2018
by Will Carruthers

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments announced Tuesday twelve finalists in its Transformative Transportation Projects competition to identify methods and projects to improve the Bay Area's transportation systems in the coming decades.

The competition is part of the Horizon initiative, an effort to identify ideas to deal with some of the biggest planning challenges and opportunities facing the nine-county region between now and the year 2050.

Six of the pitches are for transportation projects costing over $1 billion. The other six ideas identify ways of lowering the operational costs of the region's existing system.

One of the proposals, submitted by the Sonoma County Transportation and Land Use Coalition, calls for a new Richmond-San Rafael bridge with lanes for the North Bay's SMART train

"Rebuild the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge with three lanes in each direction as well as commuter rail tracks and a bicycle/pedestrian facility. Extend SMART either from San Rafael or Larkspur across the new bridge and connect to Richmond BART/Amtrak station," the proposal state. 

Four Horizon finalists 

 

The six finalists for transformative capacity-increasing projects are:

  • Optimized Express Lane Network + Regional Express Bus Network– SPUR and TransForm
  • Bus Rapid Transit on All Bridges– Tony Breslin
  • SMART to Richmond via a New Richmond-San Rafael Bridge –  William Manley, Joseph Naujokas, Christopher Sork and Sonoma County Transportation & Land Use Coalition
  • Interstate 80 Corridor Overhaul – Arup
  • Regional Bicycle Superhighway Network – Arup
  • Bay Trail Completion – Jim Stallman

The six finalists for transformative operational strategies consist of:

  • Integrated Transit Fare System – Eddy Ionescu & Jason Lee, Seamless Bay Area and SPUR
  • Free Transit – Mark Apton, Christian Rodgers, Danielle Venton and Gabriela Zuniga
  • Higher-Occupancy HOV Lanes – 3 Revolutions Book Club
  • Demand-Based Tolls on All Highways – Jeremy Besmer and City of San Jose
  • Reversible Lanes on Congested Bridges and Freeways – City of San Jose
  • Freight Delivery Timing Regulation – Daniel Ayers, Marc Brenman, Kevin Brooks and Cesar Plata

You can view outlines of all twelve project proposals here.

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