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COMMISSION TO CONSIDER MID-STATE TOLLWAY RECOMMENDATIONS

 OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewsire/ -- The Metropolitan Transportation Commission tomorrow will consider its Work Program Committee's recommendations that call on the communities affected by the proposed Mid-State Tollway to engage in state-of-the-art transportation and land-use planning for the corridor. The forum is MTC's regular monthly meeting, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter Auditorium, 101 8th Street in Oakland.
 The recommendations are based on a report entitled "The Mid-State Tollway: Issues, Opportunities and Uncertainties" by transportation consultant David Jones of Berkeley. The report is an analysis of information gleaned during three public meetings that were a part of the Eastern Corridor Planning Reconnaissance begun by MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) last year. The reconnaissance was conducted in response to a proposal by the California Toll Road Company to build an 85-mile pay-as-you-go facility from Sunol to Vacaville.
 Before a project of this magnitude can be built, a number of approvals must be obtained. One of them is that the project must be included in MTC's Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
 "A 'yes' vote on the committee recommendations would establish the rigid conditions that would have to be met by the communities and the developers before the toll road could even be considered for inclusion in the Regional Transportation Plan; it by no means gives the toll road a green light," said MTC Executive Director Lawrence D. Dahms.
 The specific conditions that must be satisfied by the developers and the communities are to ensure that the project is regionally desirable and that potential adverse impacts could be avoided or mitigated. At the top of the list is a call for the preparation of subregional growth management plans for the Livermore Valley and Eastern Contra Costa County, in which urban limits and open space would be defined. And, the recommendations would entirely preclude development of a road through environmentally sensitive land in Solano County.
 "The report acknowledges that there is a great deal of growth going on in that part of the region, and that there is a demand for new transportation facilities with virtually no funding for them," said Dahms. "This toll road may or may not be a good way to deal with the problem, but it provides a lever that we do not otherwise have to insist on enforceable growth management ordinances."
 MTC is the transportation planning and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Terry, 510-464-7785, or Catalina Alvarado, 510-464-7783, both of MTC/


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