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Jun 24

Bay Area transportation agencies collaborate on U.S. 101 Mobility Action Plan

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 9:46 pm by Clay Curtin

As one of the most economically important corridors in California, US-101 has been hampered by worsening congestion and unreliable travel times, with undue time and financial burdens placed on those from low-income households.

Bay Area transportation agencies, however, are convening employers, community members and advocates to undertake a US-101 Mobility Action Plan (MAP) for the freeway corridor in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The Plan seeks to complement existing and upcoming US-101 infrastructure improvement projects with innovative programs, policies and strategies to help people travel more reliably through the corridor.

Community outreach efforts starting now include an online survey, public events and presentations for community and advocacy groups. The survey is open through July 31 and can be found on the U.S. 101 Mobility Action Plan website, along with more information about upcoming opportunities to participate. The project will conclude later this year.

Public transit agency staff, advocates, employers, and other stakeholders from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will all play a part in developing the Mobility Action Plan.

The outcome of the MAP will include a comprehensive set of near-term, equity-based policy changes or transportation demand management (TDM) programs to maximize the benefits of planned infrastructure projects. TDM programs, which can include transit subsidies, carpool programs, improved bicycle connections, and other incentives or disincentives, seek to reduce travel demand of single-occupancy vehicles or to redistribute this demand to off-peak travel times.