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MTC Recruits for New Policy Advisory Council Term

Policy Advisory Council members
Peter Beeler
Policy Advisory Council meeting at the Bay Area Metro Center, Dec. 6, 2016
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

On May 1, 2017, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will begin recruiting for 27 individuals for its Policy Advisory Council, a citizen advisory committee created by the Commission. The mission of the Council is to advise MTC on transportation-related policies in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, incorporating diverse perspectives regarding the environment, the economy and social equity.

Background Information

The Policy Advisory Council typically is asked to advise 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 items.

Learn more about the Policy Advisory Council, including the current members, at, or read Resolution 3931, Revised.

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.
  • Nine members (one from each county) represent 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 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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