Oct 24, 2018
by Will Carruthers
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.
You can view outlines of all twelve project proposals here.
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