ART Bay Area

There is an immediate need to improve regional understanding of the challenges from climate change and sea level rise in the Bay Area.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) partnered with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Program and the Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC) to write a proposal for a Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant and was awarded $800,000 to develop a regional adaptation planning process aimed at increasing the resilience of the region’s transportation and community assets. The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) is contributing $400,000 in matching funds, resulting in a $1.2 million grant for this work, which will be conducted over the next two and a half years, from the spring of 2017 to the winter of 2019.

Assets included in the study
• Interstates and highways, passenger and cargo rail, BART, Bay Trail, transit service
• Priority Development Areas
• Priority Conservation Areas
• Community members with characteristics that may make them more vulnerable to flooding

The San Francisco Bay Area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, with a current population of 7.4 million people. The region, made up of nine counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma), is diverse in every way – from its people to its economy to its environment. A significant proportion of the region’s communities, job centers and transportation infrastructure, among other critical assets, are located along the San Francisco Bay shoreline with some locations at the risk of flooding today and others at risk of future flooding due to the changing climate.

While the region has been dealing with the current challenge of upgrading and seismically retrofitting aging infrastructure, we recognize that these systems were not designed to be resilient to changes to precipitation, temperature, and increasing flooding due to sea level rise. Given that the Bay Area’s expansive and growing transportation network and development patterns are critical to the health, mobility and longer-term prosperity of Bay Area communities, it is essential the region clearly understands our vulnerabilities to flooding and sea level rise so that we can implement the strategies necessary to make our communities and transportation infrastructure more resilient now and into the future.

The project will increase the resilience of the Bay Area’s transportation system to current and future flooding, while also improving the safety and sustainability of our communities, particularly our most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. To address this challenge, the project will conduct a regional vulnerability assessment of the Bay Area’s transportation infrastructure, Priority Development Areas (PDAs) and Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs) as identified in the Sustainable Communities Strategy (Plan Bay Area), and vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. The project will also develop a suite of adaptation strategies to improve the resilience of Bay Area transportation assets and communities for inclusion in Plan Bay Area as well as other appropriate local and regional planning documents.

Asset Category Contacts:

Priority Development Areas:
Adam Fullerton
Priority Conservation Areas:
Heather Dennis
Todd Hallenbeck
Vulnerable Communities:
Elizabeth Felter


ART Bay Area Regional Working Group Meeting Materials


Related Resources

CalTrans Grant Summarypdf_icon

Bay Area Regional Collaborative – Raising the Bar on Regional Resilience Reportpdf_icon

ART Transportation Resilience Project

Capital Corridor Passenger Rail Vulnerability Assessment

Oakland Alameda Resilience Study

Stronger Housing, Safer Communities Project

Plan Bay Area

Priority Conservation Areas

Priority Development Areas

Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program

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For More Information:

Lindy Lowe