Policy Advisory Council

MTC’s Policy Advisory Council — made up of 27 Bay Area residents like you — advises MTC on current and future transportation policies.

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MTC is committed to public participation on the issues that affect our region — issues like transportation and land use, air quality and climate change.

Made up of Bay Area residents, the Policy Advisory Council reflects MTC’s commitment to including the public in an open and transparent process of making transportation and housing decisions for the Bay Area.

The Policy Advisory Council meets the second Wednesday of each month.

Become a Member of the Council

Join the Council and learn about transportation funding and help identify the connections between transportation and land use, air quality and climate change. See below for details.

Who is on the Council?

Council members come from Bay Area counties. They advocate on behalf of people with disabilities and residents of under-served communities. They support protecting the environment and keeping the region's economy running smoothly.

Each member's four-year commitment ensures that our diverse communities and transportation needs are being recognized.

Members have extensive life experience, work, academic or volunteer backgrounds that focus on economic, environmental and equity issues.

Meet the panel members for 2017 through 2021.

Join the Council

As a member of the Council, you'll jump into the thick of transportation, learn about the complexities of funding, and help identify the connections between transportation and land use, air quality and climate change.

Apply to Serve

MTC is accepting applications to serve on the Policy Advisory Council for the 4-year term starting in January 2022. The application period will close on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Applicants must be willing to serve a four-year term currently scheduled to begin in January 2022. Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month in the afternoon at MTC's offices in San Francisco. While remote attendance via Zoom has been the practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, state law may require physical attendance at meetings once the shelter-in-place orders are fully lifted. All meetings are video cast on the MTC web site and are open to the public.

For more information, please contact:

MTC’s Public Information Office

Phone: (415) 778-6757
Email: info@bayareametro.gov

Policy Advisory Council Structure

The Council’s membership is structured around interests related to the economy, the environment and social equity. The 27 members have either a work, academic or volunteer background in the subject, or are extremely familiar with related issues from life experience.

Nine economy and environment representatives are at-large seats appointed by the MTC Chair and Vice Chair.

  • Four of the nine members represent economic interests and four bring an environmental perspective. The ninth member may be selected from either category.
  • In addition, five of the nine must be from each of the five most populous Bay Area counties — Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.

Eighteen equity representatives are county-based appointments, recommended by the Commissioners in each county.

  • Nine members (one from each county) represent communities of color and issues affecting low-income communities or environmental justice. Of these, four members represent communities of color and four members represent environmental justice/low-income issues. The ninth member may be selected from either category.
  • Nine members (one from each county) represent issues related to transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. Four members represent seniors and four members represent people with disabilities. The ninth member may be selected from either category.
Equity & Access Subcommittee

The Policy Advisory Council's Equity & Access Subcommittee advises the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on transportation policies in the San Francisco Bay Area, incorporating diverse perspectives relating to the environment, the economy and social equity.

Staff Contact

Martha Silver, Executive Office
Phone: (415) 778-6693
Email: msilver@bayareametro.gov

Subcommittee Members

  • Richard Burnett
  • Rick Coates
  • Anne Olivia Eldred
  • Veda Florez
  • Christina Gotuaco
  • Richard Hedges
  • Michelle Hernandez
  • Michael Lopez
  • Rahmon Momoh
  • Daisy Ozim
Fare Coordination & Integration Subcommittee

The Policy Advisory Council's Fare Coordination and Integration Subcommittee supports the Regional Fare Coordination and Integration Study and Business Case. The subcommittee will receive status updates, discuss the project and provide feedback to MTC and BART staff, who are serving as Co-Project Managers for the study.

Staff Contact

Martha Silver, Executive Office
Phone: (415) 778-6693
Email: msilver@bayareametro.gov

Subcommittee Members

  • Bob Allen
  • Cat Carter
  • Abigail Cochran
  • Anne Olivia Eldred
  • Ian Griffiths
  • Tisha Dee Hartman
  • Richard Hedges
  • Wendi Kallins
  • Jonathon Kass
  • Randi Kinman
  • Adina Levin
  • Gwen Litvak
  • Monica Mallon
  • Adrian Mendoza
  • Brian Stanke

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