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MTC Organization

As the Bay Area has grown and changed, so has MTC. We are now three agencies in one, all governed by the same Commission and served by the same staff. 

MTC Commission meets in the BAMC board room
Noah Berger
The MTC Commission meets in the BAMC board room, May 25, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

California state legislators over the years have established two additional agencies under the MTC umbrella to address major new functions.

  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission - MTC
    Established by legislation passed in 1970, MTC plans, finances and coordinates transportation in the nine-county Bay Area. 
  • Bay Area Toll Authority - BATA
    Established by the state Legislature in 1997, BATA administers toll revenues generated by the Bay Area’s seven state-owned toll bridges, and oversees the health and operation of the bridges. 
  • Service Authority for Freeways & Expressways - SAFE
    Created by state Legislation enacted in 1987, the MTC SAFE manages the Bay Area’s fleet of roving Freeway Service Patrol tow trucks and network of yellow roadside emergency call boxes.

There are also two joint powers authorities between MTC and the Bay Area Toll Authority. A "joint powers authority” is a partnership between similar agencies across separate local or state governments.

  • Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority - BAIFA 
    The Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority, or BAIFA, is a six-member committee that oversees the planning, financing, construction and operation of freeway express lanes and related transportation projects. 
  • Bay Area Headquarters Authority - BAHA
    BAHA oversees the redevelopment, management and operation of the San Francisco office building occupied in May 2016 by MTC, the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. 

As we are a public body, our work is conducted through a series of standing committees that review and vote on issues before passing them along for consideration by the full Commission. Our commissioners also sit on a number of interagency committees that foster collaboration with cities, counties and partner agencies around the region. The MTC Commission receives input from various sectors — including the elderly and disabled communities, and environmental and business interests — through the Policy Advisory Council. 

MTC Standing Committees

  • Administration Committee
  • BATA Oversight Committee
  • Legislation Committee
  • Operations Committee
  • Planning Committee
  • Programming & Allocations Committee
  • Policy Advisory Council

Committees With Our Partners

  • Active Transportation Working Group
  • Air Quality Conformity Task Force
  • Arterial Operations Committee
  • Bay Area Regional Collaborative
  • Local Streets and Roads Working Group
  • Partnership Technical Advisory Committee
  • Regional Advisory Working Group
  • Regional Airport Planning Committee
  • Regional Prosperity Plan Steering Committee
  • Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee
  • Trans Response Plan Committee
  • Transit Finance Working Group

Managing Staff

  • Executive Director
  • Deputy Executive Directors
  • Senior Staff Members

Policy Advisory Council

  • Meet all Policy Advisory Council members.

Our population is projected to swell to 9 million people by 2040. Plan Bay Area charts a course for accommodating this growth.

MTC and our partner agencies have long made regional planning a top priority.

Our collective transportation goals are to:

  • Foster an innovative, prosperous and competitive economy
  • Preserve a healthy and safe environment
  • Allow all Bay Area residents to share the benefits of vibrant, sustainable communities connected by an efficient and well-maintained transportation network

Find out more on the Plan Bay Area website.

We live in the world’s 21st-largest economy.

We are among the 7 million people in the Bay area, working in more than 3 million jobs.

We drive, walk, bicycle and ride public transportation across the nine counties that make up the Bay Area.

Each year, the people of the Bay Area log hundreds of millions of miles on our streets, roads and highways; and take some 500 million trips on routes offered by some two dozen different transit agencies.

Find more data on Vital Signs, our interactive website that measures our commute, travel, land use, home prices, air and so much more.

Exterior rendering of MTC's new home at Bay Area MetroCenter in San Francisco.

MTC's mission and address have changed with the times; shown here is the new Bay Area MetroCenter in San Francisco, the future home for MTC and sister regional agencies.

MTC, BATA and SAFE in May 2016 moved to a new downtown location in San Francisco. 

We renovated a former US Postal Service building at 375 Beale Street. The Bay Area MetroCenter, as the facility has been named, also houses the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District as well as private tenants, . The proximity of the three regional agencies will foster greater collaboration as they work on sustainability issues. 

The renovated building features public spaces such as an auditorium and a board room, a resource center known as The Hub, and on-site bicycle parking. A cafe will soon open on the ground floor as well.

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