Major Changes May Come to Bay Area Planning As MTC and ABAG Move Toward Merger

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are responsible for housing and transportation planning for the Bay Area, including the controversial "Plan Bay Area" mandate. Now there's talk of merging the two agencies, with a study underway on how that could be accomplished. But critics argue that the merger process lacks transparency, and that a consolidated agency will take decision-making out of the hands of local communities. We'll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of a potential merger.


Egon Terplan, regional planning director, SPUR

Dave Cortese, chair, Metropolitan Transportation Commission; supervisor, District Three, Santa Clara County; former president of ABAG

Julie Pierce, president, Association of Bay Area Governments; council member for the city of Clayton

Catharine Baker, assemblymember, 16th District (R) (Walnut Creek, Danville, Pleasanton), California State Assembly

Zelda Bronstein, Bay Area activist and journalist; former chair of Berkeley Planning Commission; writes for