The Core Capacity Study was conducted under MTC auspices. It is a general planning study that attempts to look at the San Francisco corridors leading to the Bay Bridge, the transbay BART, bus and ferry lines, and conditions on the Bridge and immediately east of the Bridge.
A Good Beginning: The study team developed a concise and effective set of Evaluation Criteria with the emphasis where it should be; namely on efficiency and cost effectiveness. The study team also did a good job of outlining the severe oncoming transportation constraints that are already beginning to plague transbay travelers. If ignored these growing constraints will eventually constrain the economies of the Central Bay Area.
Current Status – Final Report Released: Many months have passed since the early scoping meetings. On September 1, 2017 the Final Core Capacity Report was issued. Unfortunately it does not appear to provide a well-justified list of carefully thought out projects as would be needed to define and implement an efficient and cost-effective program to ease traffic and transit congestion in the SF/Transbay Corridor.
General: The Report is well organized but unduly repetitious. Too much attention is paid to already ongoing projects in a way that made it hard to tell which projects are old and which are new. The Consultants did a good job of showing how the relentless growth of regional population and jobs, particularly in San Francisco, calls for the immediate commencement of an aggressive, fast-moving transbay improvement program. However the Report is weak on citing the pros and cons of the dozens of proposed projects it contains, many of which appear to have been adopted from the internal wish lists of the participating transportation agencies.