Today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi commended the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's efforts in securing the Department of Transportation's Urban Partner designation for the San Francisco Bay Area. The Urban Partnership Program will provide $158 million to reduce traffic congestion in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.
"This is a great victory for the Bay Area," Pelosi said. "The nine-county Bay Area is the second most congested metropolitan area in the country, affecting more than 7 million residents. In order for the area to remain a vital engine for economic growth, we must address this growing problem."
"I congratulate the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on their successful proposal and look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and federal, state and local agencies to improve the congestion problems we have in the Bay Area," Pelosi said. "With today's announcement, San Francisco will join in partnership with the Department of Transportation to create a roadmap for the Bay Area's future that will not only decrease congestion, but also reduce transportation-related emissions."
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and partner agencies from the Bay Area developed a comprehensive transportation program, San Francisco Bay Area Accelerate, to reduce traffic congestion and transportation related greenhouse gas emissions. The San Francisco Bay Area Accelerate proposal provides a number of approaches to relieve congestion that can be replicated in both dense urban environments and suburban areas.
The selection of San Francisco Bay Area Accelerate proposal will allow the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and partner agencies to move forward immediately with a slate of projects that will relieve congestion and reduce travel times for residents and commuters throughout the Bay Area.
In May of this year, Speaker Pelosi joined her colleagues Representatives Barbara Lee, Ellen Tauscher, George Miller, Pete Stark, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Honda, Jerry McNerney and Tom Lantos in support of the Bay Area's submission to join this DOT program.