AB 2923 makes it legal for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to build multi-family, mixed-income housing on its parking lots and other land it owns throughout the Bay Area. The bill is expected to produce over 20,000 new homes — 7,000 of which will be affordable to lower-income residents — by 2040, many of which will be adjacent to, or walking distance from, BART’s rapid transit system.
As a transit district, BART has an ambitious policy about transit-oriented development (TOD) that includes the goal of building more affordable, multi-family housing near its stations. AB 2923 helps BART achieve that goal while maintaining local jurisdictions’ ability to have input and influence on a project’s design and community amenities. It will also help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution by eliminating parking, and making it easier for residents to walk and take transit.
The bill achieves this by:
Authors: David Chiu (D, AD 17), Tim Grayson (D, AD 14)
AB 2923 was signed by the governor on 9/30/18
Assembly Floor (8/28/19): 46 Yes / 28 No
Senate Floor (8/23/18): 26 Yes / 13 No
California Senate passes huge BART housing bill – SF Curbed
Housing at Transit: Berkeley Moves to Comply with New State Zoning Law – Street Blog California
BART Beats NIMBYs, But Not at Every Station – SF Weekly
State Senate passes AB-2923: More housing could be built at BART stations – ABC 7