MTC Recruits for New Policy Advisory Council Term
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission – the Bay Area's transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency – is recruiting Bay Area residents for its 27-member Policy Advisory Council. The Policy Advisory Council is a public advisory committee created by the Commission to advise MTC on a range of topics including regional planning, housing, land use, greenhouse gas reduction, public transit improvements, and new revenues for transportation in the Bay Area. Advisors will jump into the thick of transportation, learn about the complexities of funding, and help analyze the connections between transportation, land use, air quality and climate change.
Applications for the Policy Advisory Council will be accepted through Sunday, August 1, 2021. Applicants must be willing to serve a four-year term currently scheduled to begin in January 2022 and to end in December 2025. Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month in the afternoon. While currently meeting remotely due to shelter-in-place limits, the body will return to meeting again at MTC's offices in San Francisco. Depending on changes in state law, remote participation may be an option in the future. Members receive a small stipend and travel reimbursement for attendance at each meeting. Membership of the Policy Advisory Council is structured around interests related to the economy, the environment and social equity.
"Transportation policy and related issues affect everyone in the Bay Area and input from residents is key," said Commission Chair and Napa County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza. "The Policy Advisory Council is critical in providing a range of views. Anyone interested in helping improve Bay Area mobility should apply."
Nine economy and environment representatives will be appointed to at-large seats. Appointment recommendations are made by Chair Pedroza and Commission Vice Chair and Nick Josefowitz, San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s appointee to the Commission. The make-up of these nine representatives must be as follows:
- 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 will be appointed and are recommended by Commissioners in each county. These 18 representatives will include:
- Nine members (one from each county) representing communities of color and issues affecting low-income residents or environmental justice.
- Nine members (one from each county) representing issues related to transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Individuals representing economic, environmental or equity interests should have either a work, academic or extensive volunteer background in the subject, or have life experiences that have made them extremely familiar with these issues.
New Council members will be expected to attend their first meeting in January 2022.
Register for the special MetroTalks Webinar about serving on the Policy Advisory Council will be held Friday, July 16 at 3 p.m.
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