The public can preview the train-to-plane service on Nov. 21. Photo: BART

BART's Oakland International Airport (OAK) station is set to open Nov. 22, just in time to make Thanksgiving travel smoother. And the extra-curious can check out the station and take a free practice ride on Nov. 21, a day before the system goes live. The OAK station is a 3.2-mile extension of BART from the Coliseum station along the Hegenberger Road approach to the airport. The four OAK  trains look a bit like their BART contemporaries, only smaller and running on a cable system. Each train will shuttle up to 150 passengers virtually to the terminal doors in eight minutes. Read more

This pothole at Fourth Street and Oak Street in Oakland is one of many that plague Bay Area roads. Photo: MTC Archives

Chances are you don't need numbers or videos to tell you that Bay Area roads need help. No doubt you've experienced some doozie potholes first hand. Just-released data proves that it's not your imagination. For the fifth year in a row, the Bay Area's pavement condition has received a score of 66 out 100, which means it's likely to require significant rehabilitation soon. A new multimedia package from MTC reveals the extent of the damage and danger, through video reports and fresh data. Get a comprehensive look at the challenges our region faces - and find out how your own city stacks up. MTC is committed to improving the conditions of streets and roads across the nine-county Bay Area. Take a look at the battle for better pavement.

Bay Area residents provide feedback on Plan Bay Area. Photo: Jessica Moscowitz
Through public meetings and online forums, we asked you: How can MTC better involve the public? The result is a draft Public Participation Plan, released Nov. 7, which outlines best practices for meetings, digital engagement and partnership opportunities. Did we get it right? The 45-day comment period ends Jan. 12, so let us know what you think.  
Mary King took home the grand award at the Excellence in Motion ceremony. Photo: Noah Berger

Mary King was the star at MTC's 2014 Excellence in Motion awards ceremony. The chair of the Bay Bridge Design Task Force scooped up the Grand Award for her tireless work and remarkable management. And the product of her labor - the stunning new East Span - was the muse for three creative projects that also picked up trophies. Congressman George Miller, the Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore and singing bus driver Charles Davis were among the other recipients. Those who missed the October ceremony can meet the impressive winners virtually, through videos and stories that highlight their roles in improving access and mobility in the Bay Area. Read more. 

SolTrans is one of five operators that now accept Clipper. Photo: Noah Berger

Solano and Napa Counties are the two latest areas to join the large Clipper card family. Riders can now use the fare payment card on five additional transit operators: Fairfield-Suisun Transit (FAST), SolTrans, The VINE, Vacaville City Coach and San Francisco Bay Ferry's Vallejo-to-San Francisco route. Purchase yours online or at select BART stations and retail locations. If you're a commuter or resident in one of these counties, let us know where your Clipper Card will take you by posting a photo on Instagram or by tweeting @MTCBATA with the tag #ClipperNorth. Read more.

Anna Smith's "The Sailboat of Love" mosaic is part of "On the Move," an exhibit currently on display at the MTC art gallery.
The walls of MTC double as an art gallery, and we're looking for the next hot exhibit. Bay Area-based artists can apply to display their work at the MetroCenter in Oakland. Preference goes to original pieces that showcase the natural and built beauty and diversity of our region and its communities. Present History, the current exhibit by Stacey M. Carter, is a perfect example: through a combination of photography, printmaking and painting, the artist explores the shifting urban environments in the Bay Area. Read more and apply.  
Crews are busy with below-grade work and new bus ramps at the Transbay Transit Center. Photo: Noah Berger
With autumn comes exciting developments at the busy four-block construction zone that will soon give rise to the Transbay Transit Center. Opening in 2017, the regional transit hub will house 11 different transit systems, a large rooftop park and a variety of retail spots. The construction team is making headway on major projects, including the addition of structural steel, and ramps that will allow transbay buses to bypass traffic and head directly to the Center from the freeway. Read more.
A BikeMobile mechanic helps a curious customer at an Family Biking Workshop in East Palo Alto. Photo: Karl Nielsen

The BikeMobiles in the Bay Area have been hitting the road this fall. Recent stops include East Palo Alto, where families were gathered to learn about fitness resources in their community, and Antioch, at a big high school cycling festival. The BikeMobiles are roving repair shops, whose friendly mechanics fix bikes for free and teach riders how to do it themselves. The BikeMobiles and Family Biking Workshops are funded by Spare the Air Youth grants from MTC and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Watch a video of the East Palo Alto event. Find out where the Bay Area BikeMobile and the Alameda County BikeMobile will travel next.  

The Economic Prosperity Strategy aims to improve economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income workers in the Bay Area. Photo: John Huseby

A new report details the Bay Area's first comprehensive economic development strategy tailored to the needs of low- and moderate-income workers. More than 1 million workers in the Bay Area make under $18 an hour, and the Economic Prosperity Strategy lays out 10 strategies to expand this population's opportunities for economic mobility. The three-year initiative is funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read more.


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