Welcome to TALC –  Transportation and Land Use Coalition



With a network of 87 member organizations and thousands of individual supporters, including elected officials, the Coalition provides a unified and powerful voice for residents of the nine-county Bay Area. In addition to regional activities, the Coalition has active chapters in the East Bay and Silicon Valley, and an eye on state legislation affecting the Bay region.

The Coalition’s leadership team includes some of the region’s top advocates for transportation, land use and social justice, each representing a Coalition member organization.



Transportation and land use decisions are of concern to transit users, environmentalists, the disabled, bicycle and pedestrian advocates, low-income families, labor unions, the elderly, children and youth, and the working poor.

The Coalition has been noted for our unprecedented success at bringing together environmental and social justice groups around common policy goals, and for giving voice to groups previously under-represented in transportation and land use decisions.



Our effectiveness draws equally on high-quality policy analysis and grassroots participation. Timely reports, fact sheets and well-crafted policy recommendations, combined with a strong grassroots presence, have led to substantial early victories and a strong public presence for the Coalition.

In all of our work, we address the links between transportation, land use and social justice. By bringing together experts and advocates in a range of related fields, the Coalition has emerged as a key player in regional politics and planning.

We get results

The Coalition continues to be remarkably successful. A few highlights:

  • We won $375 million in the 1998 Regional Transportation Plan for transit instead of highway expansion.
  • In 1999 we convinced regional agencies to initiate a regional Smart Growth effort and we are now helping to guide its implementation
  • We received broad acclaim and extensive media coverage for our 120-page World Class Transit for the Bay Area report.
  • We secured an additional $186 million for transit alternatives and a record-breaking 81% yes votefor Alameda County’s transportation sales tax measure.
  • Our Smart Growth Aerial Campaign, a collaboration with Lighthawk pilots focusing on sprawl and congestion, received national airplay on PBS.
  • Due to tremendous public response to Coalition outreach and analysis, MTC included many elements of our Platform in the 2001 Regional Transportation Plan.