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MTC Opens Recruitment for Four Vacancies on Its Policy Advisory Council

Policy Advisory Council
Peter Beeler
Policy Advisory Council
Friday, July 29, 2016

This story is from the 2016 Policy Advisory Council recruitment. If you are looking for the 2017 application, please visit this page. 

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is recruiting for four vacant positions on its Policy Advisory Council, a citizen advisory committee created by the Commission in November 2009. The mission of the Council is to advise MTC on transportation policies in the San Francisco Bay Area, incorporating diverse perspectives relating to the environment, the economy and social equity.


  • At-Large: Environment Representative
  • At-Large: Economy or Environment Representative
  • Napa County: An individual representing senior interests
  • Napa County: An individual representing minority interests

Applications can be submitted either online by clicking the link below or by downloading and printing the PDF application from the related documents box. Information on how to submit the printed application can be found on the application itself. Note: All applicants are advised to type and save a copy of their application information prior to filling in the online application so as not to lose their work prior to submission. (Information typed into the online application cannot be saved.)


Recruitment Process

Applications for the four vacancies will be accepted through September 9, 2016. MTC Commissioners are scheduled to recommend selections in early October, and the full Commission will consider the appointments at its October 2016 meeting. Newly appointed Council members will attend their first meeting on November 9, 2016.

Applicants must be willing to serve the remainder of a four-year term, which began in September 2013 and will be completed in July 2017. Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month in the afternoon at MTC's offices in San Francisco. All meetings are video cast on the MTC web site and are open to the public.

For more information, contact the MTC Public Information Office at 415.778.6757 or send an email to

Background Information

The Policy Advisory Council advises MTC on a range of dynamic topics including regional planning efforts linking transportation, housing and land use plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; public transit service productivity improvements; cost-effectiveness measures for the region’s transportation system; and strategies to secure new revenues for transportation in the Bay Area, among other issues.

Learn more about the Policy Advisory Council, including the current members

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Membership Appointments and Structure

Membership of the Policy Advisory Council is structured around interests related to the economy, the environment and social equity.

A total of nine (9) economy and environment representatives are appointed, and are considered at-large seats. Appointment recommendations are made by the MTC Chair and Vice Chair. The make-up of the 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.

A total of eighteen (18) equity representatives are appointed, are county based, and are recommended by the Commissioners in each county. The make-up of the 18 representatives must be as follows:

  • Nine members (one from each county) represent communities of color and issues affecting low-income communities or environmental justice. Of these, four members represent communities of color and four members represent environmental justice/low-income issues; the ninth member may be selected from either category.
  • Nine members (one from each county) represent issues related to transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. Four members represent seniors and four members represent people with disabilities; the ninth member may be selected from either category.

Individuals representing economic, environmental or equity interests should have either a work, academic or extensive volunteer background in the subject, or be extremely familiar with related issues from life experience.

For more information, contact the MTC Public Information Office at 415.778.6757 or via e-mail at

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