The agency that oversees transportation funding and planning in the Bay Area has decided to leave Oakland for a new regional government headquarters in San Francisco. Oakland political leaders aren’t happy with the 12-2 vote by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
Click here for a story by Cecily Burt of the Oakland Tribune. This decision by MTC to leave its current headquaters near the Lake Merritt BART station was a blow to Oakland’s pride and its economy. For East Bay residents, the move will mean a longer trip to attend regional transportation meetings where decisions are made about spending and policies on freeways, roads, bridges and public transit.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District board voted on July 18 to relocate from its current San Francisco headquarters into the new regional government headquarters to be created by refurbishing an existing building on First Street in the South of Market District. The Association of Bay Area Governments executive board last week voted not to join the move – at least for now. ABAG currently shares space with MTC in the same Oakland building. ABAG could decide to stay put, although some regional government officials say it makes sense to have the three agencies in the same building because all are active in planning housing, development and transportation in ways that reduce greenhouse gases and auto congestion.
ABAG and MTC together have 277 workers in their building at 101 Eighth St. in Oakland.