RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE TRANSIT OPERATOR AND THE REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY IN A LARGE METROPOLITAN AREA

THE RESPECTIVE ACTIVITIES OF THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION (MTC) AND THE REGIONAL TRANSIT AGENCY, BART, ARE REVIEWED. THE CREATION OF THE MTC WITH ITS POWERS TO PLAN AND ALLOCATE RESOURCES FOR BOTH TRANSIT AND HIGHWAY MODES MAY HOLD IMPLICATIONS FOR OTHER METROPOLITAN AREAS AS WELL. THE ENABLING LEGISLATION OF THE MTC DICTATES THAT IT COOPERATE FOR THE TIME BEING WITH OTHER REGIONAL AGENCIES WITH RELATED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR LAND USE PLANNING, AIR QUALITY AND OTHER SPECIALIZED MATTERS. IT IS EMPOWERED TO PLAN AND SET PRIORITIES FOR TRANSPORT INVESTMENT AND THESE MUST BE ADHERED TO BY THE LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT. AMONG THE INNOVATIVE POWERS OF THE MTC, IS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PLAN FOR MAJOR HIGHWAYS ACCORDING TO REGIONAL PRIORITIES. THE MTC INTERRUPTS ESTABLISHED FUNDING PATTERNS BY PROVIDING A NEW LEVEL OF DECISION MAKING BETWEEN LOCAL TRANSIT OPERATING AGENCIES AND THEIR FORMERLY DIRECT DEALINGS WITH WASHINGTON. THE WILLINGNESS OF THE WELL-ESTABLISHED TRANSIT AGENCIES AND BART, TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT AND PLAN WITH THE MTC, HAS BEEN INVALUABLE. BART'S ROLE AS A TRANSIT OPERATION AGENCY IS REVIEWED AND THE ROLE THAT IT WILL PLAY IN THE GROWING PRESENCE OF MTC IS EXPLORED. BART IS WILLING TO RECOGNIZE THE PRIME RESPONSIBILITY OF MTC TO CONDUCT SYSTEM-LEVEL PLANNING, PRESUMING MTC WILL BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE ITS ABILITIES AND POWERS TO DO SUCH PLANNING.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 14-17
  • Monograph Title: Federal, state, and local roles in transit planning
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242764
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1974 12:00AM