Federal Advocacy

MTC is a strong advocate in Washington, D.C. for the Bay Area’s transportation priorities.


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Federal policy decisions have a big influence on the region’s transportation network.

MTC's advocacy work in Washington traditionally focuses on the overall federal transportation program, and on support for capital investment in Bay Area transportation projects.

Several recent funding bills came to pass in part through MTC’s advocacy efforts:

COVID-19 Relief Funding

Federal relief funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic delivered almost $4 billion for Bay Area transit agencies. This money kept transit agencies running, and will help the Bay Area to invest and plan for a better public transit network in the future.

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST Act)

State and local governments were able to plan for surface transportation improvements with scheduled federal funding from the FAST Act.

New Starts

The Section 5309 Capital Investment Grant program — commonly referred to as New Starts — is the main funding source for rail and bus expansion projects nationwide.


MTC teams with many organizations to advocate for federal support of urban transportation. These include:

  • American Public Transportation Association
  • Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
  • Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors
  • National League of Cities
  • Transportation for America
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors
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