Transportation uses a lot of acronyms. If HSR or TOD baffles you, this page should help.


ABAG: Association of Bay Area Government

BAAQMD (don’t worry, nobody actually pronounces this): Bay Area Air Quality Management District

BART: Bay Area Rapid Transit

BRT: Bus rapid transportation

CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act

CHSRA: California High-Speed Rail Authority

DOT: Department of Transportation

DTX: Downtown Extension (refers to tunnel that will bring trains to the TBT)

EIS (EIR in California): Environmental Impact Statement (/Report)

HOT lane: High-occupancy toll lane

HOV lane: High-occupancy vehicle lane

HSR: high-speed rail

HST: high-speed train

IT: Information Technology

MTA: Metropolitan Transportation Authority

MTC: Metropolitan Transportation Commission

NIMBY: Not In My Backyard

NEPA: National Environmental Policy Act

ROW: Right-of-way

TB: transbay (note: only used in comments)

TBT: Transbay Terminal

TOD: transit-oriented development

VMT: Vehicle miles tax


We will be adding more as necessary. If there are any acronyms used on this site that have confused you, or you simply feel are missing, please let the webmaster know.


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