Community Groups File Legal Challenge to Bay Area Planning Agencies for a Better, Smarter Growth Plan

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earthjustice – excerpt

Current plan doesn’t deliver on public transit, city planning, or climate change goals

August 19, 2013,  San Francisco, CA —  Today Earthjustice, Communities for a Better Environment, and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit challenging the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments’ most recent regional transportation plan in Alameda County Superior Court….

Monday’s legal challenge cites the following problems with Plan Bay Area:

  • Under the current Plan, people will be spending more time in their cars and more time on the roads. Through 2040 (the life-span of the current plan), the number of daily vehicle trips is expected to increase by 22%, and the number of miles travelled during peak travel times is expected to increase by 51%.
  • The Plan does not spend enough on shoring up inadequate public transportation systems, and in fact, invests valuable resources in building more highway lanes. Only…

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