SPUR Forum: Modeling the Bay Area

From SPUR:

Regional planning in California may lack strong governance and implementation tools, but it does have increasingly sophisticated modeling tools. The current Plan Bay Area, for instance, is grounded in updated models of the region’s land use and travel patterns over the upcoming decades. Come hear about the transportation model, the land use model and the outlook that they set for the future of our region.

Dave Ory, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Mike Reilly, Association of Bay Area Governments


Modeling the region’s future

From SPUR: As the Bay Area debates and develops its first combined Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy, the modelers at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are busy. They are analyzing how far our regional decisions about transportation investments, policies and land-use changes will get us towards goals […]

SPUR Forum: Assessing Plan Bay Area

From SPUR: Image courtesy of Flickr user trexcali Plan Bay Area is our region’s long-range transportation and land use plan. Adopted in July, the plan now moves toward implementation. What can we learn from it, what are the key areas for implementation and what might we do differently for the plan’s update in a few years? […]

An emerging regional consensus in the Bay Area?

From SPUR: Many of the most pressing planning questions of our day occur at the regional level: How do we address sea-level rise? How should we alter our land-use patterns to combat climate change? Join leaders of the Bay Area’s four regional agencies to discuss planning for our region’s collective future. With Steve Heminger of the […]
Car traffic at Mission and Third Streets. Can we do more to reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled? Photo: Sergio Ruiz/Flickr

SPUR Talk: Designing Cities to Reduce Emissions

Building dense housing around transit stations, encouraging lower emission and electric cars, designing cities to encourage walking and biking–those are all great policies. But how does one measure whether the policies are actually lowering CO2 emissions from automobiles? That was the subject of a forum today at SPUR’s San Francisco location. Under the Sustainable Communities and […]

Update on the Regional Transportation Plan

From SPUR: Every four years, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) updates the Bay Area’s Regional Transportation Plan, a $200 billion and 25-year investment plan for the region’s transportation infrastructure. The next plan will be the first to incorporate a “Sustainable Communities Strategy” and will demonstrate how the Bay Area will achieve 15 percent per capita […]

SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Vision California: A new tool for modeling smart growth

"Vision California is a project that models different scenarios for how California can accommodate expected population and employment growth. Commissioned in part by the California High Speed Rail Authority, this project assesses how land use and infrastructure investments can meet state goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With Joe Distefano and Garlynn Woodsong from Calthorpe […]