Bay Area Burden provides a comprehensive analysis of the “cost of place” in nine counties located throughout the San Francisco region by examining the costs and impacts of housing and transportation on Bay Area residents, their neighborhoods, and the environment.
This report examines the impacts of residential parking requirements (the number of offstreet parking spaces mandated at a particular location) on housing affordability. Increasing parking requirements increase housing development costs, which has reduced the supply of lower priced housing and raised costs to consumer. This report does not question the need for some off-street parking. The question issue is how best to determine parking requirements and manage available parking supply. It describes more efficient and equitable strategies that support social and environmental goals.
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (“BART”) is pleased to announce the availability of property it owns at the Millbrae BART Station for private development. BART’s station area property offering is located within the City of Millbrae as depicted in Exhibits 1 and 2.
BART is offering four parcels of its station area property as shown on Exhibit 2. All of the four parcels are offered to maximize flexibility to the development community. However, developers should clearly note that all of BART’s property is currently encumbered (as noted below). Currently, the offering consists of the following:
BART Parking South (surface): 2.4 acres with an FAR of 2.0 = 180,000 square feet.
BART Parking North (garage): 2,096 spaces, available for shared use.
BART Parking East (surface): 5.2 acres with an FAR of 0.5 = 65,000 square feet.
BART/SamTrans Intermodal Area (subject to modification and relocation): 2.0 acres.
The property offered is located within, and all…
Since its inception in 1997, MTC’s TLC Program has achieved tangible transportation improvements that support regional livability in the Bay Area. The recent evaluation of the TLC program recommended “continuing to strengthen the land use connection within the TLC Program” by supporting transit-oriented development (TOD) and infill projects. TOD and infill are both critical to the continued healthy growth of the Bay Area, by reducing Vehicle Miles of Travel (VMT), reducing the combined costs of housing and transportation, and making more efficient use of transportation infrastructure.
There are, however, real challenges to TOD and infill development. Even after station area or downtown plans are adopted, TOD and infill development projects still face significant financial and regulatory barriers that impede construction. The financial barriers include higher land costs around transit stations, infrastructure upgrades needed to support increased density, the…
Through an extensive community planning process, the City of Oakland, BART, and the representatives of residential and business organizations around the MacArthur Station Area have worked to build the necessary public support for a MacArthur Transit Village and to assist with planning and implementation. After a request for proposals in 2004, the City of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) selected a development team to work with City of Oakland and BART staff and the surrounding community to plan, design, construct, and operate a mixed-use project with a residential focus at the MacArthur BART Station. In April 2004, the development team was selected for the MacArthur Transit Village. The proposed Transit Village Development is now undergoing environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). At this critical time, this Access Study addresses opportunities to re-envision station access in the context of…
Using data collected from Northern California in 2003, this study explored the causal relationship between neighborhood design and physical activity. The combination of three key features provided a stronger assessment of causality than previous studies to date: a focus on the connection between built environment characteristics of the neighborhood and physical activity within the neighborhood, statistical control of preferences for physical activity and neighborhood design characteristics supportive of physical activity, and quasi-longitudinal measures of neighborhood design characteristics and physical activity.
The BART Station Profile Study provides a snapshot of weekday customers at each individual BART station and for the overall system. This snapshot comes from a comprehensive spring 2008 survey of BART customers based on a stratified random sample. The main purposes of this study are to better understand how customers currently use and access BART, to track changes that have occurred since the last study, and to anticipate customers’ future requirements. Topics covered include detailed trip information and customer demographics.
While the last Station Profile Study was conducted in 1998, this type of study dates back almost to the beginning of BART. BART began passenger service in September of 1972 and launched its first Station Profile Study in May of 1973. The 2008 Station Profile Study marks the 13th such study conducted by BART.
Many changes occurred in the region between the 1998 and 2008 Station Profile studies. These include:
Rapid expansion of the Bay Area…
The Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) brings together residents and local organizations to participate in community planning processes across the Bay Area to create a region of vibrant neighborhoods with affordable housing, shops, jobs and services near transit. The GCC is a unique cooperative relationship between four Bay Area nonprofit organizations - Greenbelt Alliance, TransForm, Urban Habitat, the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and the national nonprofit Reconnecting America. The East Bay Community Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation are also part of the collaborative. In 2006, members of the GCC met with the Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Bay Area LISC) and the San Francisco Foundation to craft a strategy for property acquisition in support of equitable TOD. These conversations were rooted in the recognition that the ability to control land and land use is…
This manual is intended to serve as a companion to MTC’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy and for Priority Development Areas under the Focusing Our Vision (FOCUS) program to assist jurisdictions with decisionmaking as they complete planning efforts around Bay Area transit hubs and corridors.