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Federal Advocacy

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

U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol

MTC also is a national leader in strengthening metropolitan planning organizations’ role in federal transportation policy. 

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

Since March 2020, the Commission's federal advocacy efforts have focused on recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. MTC and other metropolitan planning organizations worked together to help secure support through a trio of COVID relief bills for financially distressed transit agencies nationwide. The largest of these bills, the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Biden in March 2021, includes additional support for public transit as well as provisions to meet other transportation challenges, to address housing issues and to help local governments cover near-term revenue shortfalls.

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.

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

Find it hard to stay on top of what’s going on in Washington? You’re not alone! Fortunately, there are a number of free online resources that make it easier, including: