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The Northern California Megaregion

Innovative, Connected, and Growing

As the population of Northern California continues to grow, challenges in housing, land use, jobs, transportation, and the environment have crossed regional boundaries and are linking cities, counties, and regions together across wider geographies. These issues make planning at a megaregional scale increasingly necessary to achieve a broader footprint of economic prosperity and for California to reach its carbon reduction goals.

 

 

Acknowledgements

 
The Bay Area Council Economic Institute thanks the content contributors and generous funders of this project: Alameda County Transportation Commission, Altamont Corridor Express / San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, The Cambay Group, Inc., Capitol Corridor, Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, Innovation Tri-Valley, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, San Joaquin Council of Governments, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority, San Joaquin Partnership, University of California at Davis, and University of the Pacific.

We would also especially like to thank Shirley Qian, of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, for her assistance in creating many of the maps used within this report, and Dr. Jeffrey Michael and Dr. Thomas Pogue, both of University of the Pacific’s Center for Business and Policy Research, for their data analysis contributions.

 

 

Report Authors

 

Jeff Bellisario
Economic Institute, Vice President
The Northern California Megaregion
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Population Percentage Change, 2000-2014
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Employment Change 2010-2014
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Commute Length in the Northern California Megaregion, 2013
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Passenger Rail and Highways
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High Speed Rail and the Northern California Megaregion
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