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Blue Ribbon Transit Recovery Task Force

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 Following its April 2020 action to approve federal emergency funds for public transit, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) released on May 7, 2020 a framework for creation of a 32-member Blue Ribbon Transit Recovery Task Force to guide the future of the Bay Area’s public transportation network as the region adjusts to new conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Task Force, chaired by MTC Commissioner and Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering, includes other local elected officials as well as advocates for people with disabilities; representatives from the state Senate and Assembly; the California State Transportation Agency; transit operators; business and labor groups; and transit and social justice advocates.

The Task Force is assisting MTC in understanding the scale of the crisis facing all Bay Area transit systems because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It helped to guide MTC's regional response through expedited distribution of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Phase 2 funds. The first distribution of $780 million in CARES Act funding was approved by MTC in April 2020.

Additionally, the Task Force shall submit a Bay Area Public Transit Transformation Action Plan to the Commission by mid-2021 for its consideration and possible adoption. The Plan should describe the actions needed to re-shape the region’s transit system into a more connected, more efficient, and more user-focused mobility network across the entire Bay Area and beyond.

The Blue Ribbon Transit Recovery Task Force adopted goals and objectives in November 2020 to guide the development of a Transformation Action Plan.

The Bay Area's public transit agencies joined forces in the summer of 2020 to initiate research, study U.S. and international efforts, and review information from the American Public Transportation Association to develop common commitments and expectations for employees and passengers. From this work, the agencies developed the Riding Together—Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan.

Bay Area transit agencies established a Healthy Transit Plan Dashboard to monitor their performance in carrying out the Riding Together—Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan.