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Community Groups File Legal Challenge to Bay Area Planning Agencies for a Better, Smarter Growth Plan

December 28, 2013

earthjustice – excerpt

Current plan doesn’t deliver on public transit, city planning, or climate change goals

August 19, 2013,  San Francisco, CA —  Today Earthjustice, Communities for a Better Environment, and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit challenging the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments’ most recent regional transportation plan in Alameda County Superior Court….

Monday’s legal challenge cites the following problems with Plan Bay Area:

  • Under the current Plan, people will be spending more time in their cars and more time on the roads. Through 2040 (the life-span of the current plan), the number of daily vehicle trips is expected to increase by 22%, and the number of miles travelled during peak travel times is expected to increase by 51%.
  • The Plan does not spend enough on shoring up inadequate public transportation systems, and in fact, invests valuable resources in building more highway lanes. Only seven percent of the Plan’s total budget is dedicated to expanding public transportation.
  • The Plan proposes housing developments without committing to investments in the public transportation serving those communities.
  • The Plan fails to protect the communities closest to major transportation hubs, highways, and ports from increased toxic air pollution, as the region increases freight movement around them. Instead it defers these issues for future study. Without smart planning, low-income communities and communities of color located near these hubs, like West Oakland, will suffer.
  • The Plan fails to address the population growth and rising housing costs of the San Francisco Bay Area, which are causing more people to move to areas with inadequate public transportation. It will drive more people to rely on cars for their daily commutes, worsening air pollution, quality of life, and traffic… (more)


No one likes Plan Bay Area, including the environmentalists.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2013 9:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Grassroots Actions.


  2. March 20, 2014 12:14 pm

    This article influences me to feel that these “regional plans” are mostly just more land speculation schemes by big business. The same old American Republic story. The speculators are using local government to lend legitimacy to their schemes, which really don’t seem to be improvement for the “regions” at all. Just more of the same in a new suit.


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