As the Bay Area grows, transportation becomes more complicated and more frustrating. It is predicted that the average speed in Napa County during rush hour will be 18 mph by the year 2010 if current traffic patterns continue.

Communities and transit agencies around the region are redirecting the trend through compact development that supports sustainable modes of transportation. Successful transit-oriented projects are popping up in places like Pleasant Hill, which now has the highest concentration of high density housing within a quarter mile of any suburban transit hub in Northern California. Sixty percent of its residents indicate BART was a major factor in moving there, demonstrating that people can get to work, shop and live in the same desirable location.