Updated 5/25/16 The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) are currently discussing the future of land use and transportation planning in the region and how to increase collaboration, up to and including full merger. In January 2016, the Joint ABAG Administrative Committee - MTC Planning Committee hired Management Partners to conduct a study for a merger action implementation plan (AIP), which is due July 1, 2016.
The study examined the policy, management, financial and legal issues associated with further integration of ABAG and MTC, up to and including institutional merger between MTC and ABAG. Management Partners presented an analysis of seven options to the Joint ABAG Administrative Committee - MTC Planning Committee on Friday, April 22, 2016. See the full report at http://abag.ca.gov/abag/events/agendas/o042216a-Item%2007,%20ABAG%20MTC%20Merger%20Study%20Options%20Analysis%20Recommendation.pdf for more information.
At the April 22nd meeting, the Joint ABAG Administrative Committee-MTC Planning Committee stated a preference for Option Seven and authorized Management Partners to begin to outline an AIP based on that option.
An ABAG Special General Assembly met on May 19th to discuss merger and vote on a recommendation to the ABAG Executive Board. After three hours of lively discussion over whether to support Option 4 or Option 7, the delegates voted to approve the ABAG staff report, dated May 6, 2016, which recommended support of both Option 4 and Option 7 with additional principles attached. Of the 51 cities and 6 counties present at the time of the vote, the cities voted 28 to 23 to support the staff recommendation (Options 4 and 7) while the counties voted 4 to 2. The staff report is included below.
After the Special General Assembly, additional discussions occurred at the ABAG Executive Board meeting on May 19th, where the Executive Board voted 23 to 2 to adopt Resolution No. 07-16 (Option 4 and Option 7) and Attachment A (the principles). The resolution and attachment are posted below.
Additional discussion occurred at the MTC's full Commission Meeting on May 25th, where the Commission voted in support of Option 7. Further discussion will occur at the Joint ABAG Administrative Committee - MTC Planning Committee on May 27th. The Agenda for this meeting is available at http://abag.ca.gov/meetings/administrative.html.
If the ABAG Executive Board and the MTC Commission agree on one of these options as a path forward, work will begin on a more detailed implementation plan. If the ABAG Executive Board and the MTC Commission cannot agree on an option, Resolution 4210 will be implemented and MTC would stop funding ABAG's planning services on July 1, 2016.
Reference material is available below and in addition, the Management Partners website, http://www.mtcabagmergerstudy.com/, will provide more detailed information as it becomes available.
For more information, please contact ABAG's front desk at 415-820-7900 and ask to speak to Communications Staff.
- MTC Commission Meeting, May 25, 2016
- Video (Merger Discussion) NEW 5/26/16
- Special General Assembly, May 19, 2016
- ABAG Executive Board Meeting, May 19, 2016
- Third Hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Planning for the San Francisco Bay Area, Friday, May 20, 2016, 10:00 am
- May 10, 2016: Email, Ezra Rapport to ABAG Elected Officials
- May 6, 2016: Memo, Ezra Rapport to ABAG Executive Board
- April 29, 2016: Letter, Former ABAG Executive Directors Revan Tranter, Eugene Leong, and Henry Gardner
- April 28, 2016: Email, Julie Pierce
- April 29, 2016: Key Merger Discussion Dates
- April 21, 2016: Letter, Assembly Members Thurmond, Gordon, Levine, Bonilla, and Ting
- Friday, April 22, 2016, 9:00 AM
Joint MTC Planning Committee with the ABAG Administrative Committee — Merger Study
- Assembly Select Committee Hearing, Friday, April 8, 2016, 10:00 AM
- May 17, 2016: Merger Implementation Plan, Management Partners
- April 18, 2016: Update on ABAG/MTC Merger Process, Julie Pierce
- April 15, 2016: ABAG Regional Planning and Research Staff Memo
- February 11, 2016: Merger Website
- February 11, 2016: Merger Study Information Sheet
- November 3, 2015: Review of MTC Discussion of the Financial Impact of the Transfer of Planners from ABAG to MTC
- January 2001: ABAG: A Concise History
- May 22, 2016: Daily Republic, Todd R. Hansen NEW 5/25/16
- May 21, 2016: Marin Independent Journal, Dick Spotswood
- May 19, 2016: San Francisco Chronicle, Revan Tranter
- May 17, 2016: TriplePundit, Nithin Coca
- May 16, 2016: 48 Hills, Zelda Bronstein
- May 14, 2016: Marin Independent Journal, Dick Spotswood
- May 6, 2016: Daily Republic, Todd R. Hansen
- May 5, 2016: Daily Republic, Todd R. Hansen
- May 2, 2016: San Francisco Chronicle, Marc Levine
- April 15, 2016: The Marin Post, Zelda Bronstein
- February 26, 2016: Berkeley Daily Planet, Becky O'Malley
- January 21, 2016: 48 Hills, Zelda Bronstein
- January 15, 2016: San Francisco Chronicle, Jim Wunderman
- January 15, 2016: San Francisco Chronicle, Egon Terplan
- May 18, 2016: Letter, City of Novato
- May 18, 2016: Letter, City of Vallejo
- May 10, 2016: Letter, City of Hayward
- May 11, 2016: Letter, Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
- May 10, 2016: Letter, San Francisco Labor Council
- May 3, 2016: Letter, Service Employees International Union Local 2021
- February 26, 2016: Letter, Napa-Solano Central Labor Council
- February 17, 2016: Letter, North Bay Labor Council
- January 20, 2016: Letter, San Francisco Labor Council
- January 14, 2016: Letter, Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
- January 13, 2016: Letter, Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County AFL-CIO
- May 17, 2016: Letter, Sharon McCreadie
- May 17, 2016: Letter, Vina Maharaj
- May 16, 2016: Email, Marci Loss
- May 19, 2016: Letter, Patricia Perry
- May 14, 2016: Email, Terry Bursztynsky
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