The San Francisco Bay Trail Project Gap Analysis Study

The Bay Trail Project is a nonprofit organization administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) that plans, promotes and advocates for the implementation of a continuous 500-mile bicycling and hiking path around San Francisco Bay. Two of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Bay Trail: “When will it be done?” and “How much will it cost?”

This Gap Analysis Study will be an important tool for Bay Trail project and local agency staff to focus efforts on completing the remaining gaps. More accurate cost estimates developed for each remaining segment will help identify funding needs and phasing of implementation. Much of the cost to complete the Bay Trail will be born by on-going transportation and development projects.

This study clearly identifies the remaining $187,798,000 in costs needed to complete the Bay Trail within 15 years. In order to meet this goal, new and increased public and private funding will be required. This will involve the approval of a dedicated regional and/or state funding source for the Bay Trail that will help match funds generated from existing sources. This dedicated source of funds will leverage millions of dollars in other funds, and help achieve the vision of a completed 500-mile long Bay Trail.

Published September 2005

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