Change is happening, and fast. The Bay Area needs to plan for the myriad impacts of climate change, emerging technologies, and economic booms and busts — to name just a few of the issues that require innovative solutions.
ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) explored the predictable — and often unpredictable — changes Bay Area residents may face over the next three decades. Horizon brought together planners, elected officials and the public to collaborate on a range of challenging questions that will affect everyone living and working in the Bay Area.
Through the Horizon initiative, we considered questions like:
- How should different levels of autonomous vehicle adoption inform our traditional transportation investments?
- What strategies should we consider to better prepare our neighborhoods, business centers and other built infrastructure for increasingly frequent disasters?
- How should the Bay Area respond to sudden booms and busts of economic output, population and employment?
- What actions can the Bay Area take to improve our resilience to national and international geopolitical and economic shifts?
Lessons learned through Horizon were foundational in the development of the latest iteration of Plan Bay Area, the region’s long-range plan for transportation, housing, the economy, and the environment.
Plan Bay Area 2050 outlines how the Bay Area can meet its transportation needs through 2050 while preserving its diverse communities and adapting to future population growth.