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Advisory Council

Policy Advisory Council

Policy Advisory Council biographies

MTC's Policy Advisory Council is 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.

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 items.

Membership Appointments and Structure

Membership of the Policy Advisory Council is structured around interests related to the economy, the environment and social equity. In the areas of economy and the environment, a total of nine members are appointed, with four members representing economic interests and four bringing an environmental perspective; the ninth member is 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. The environment and economy representatives are considered at-large seats, and appointment recommendations are made by the MTC Chair and Vice Chair.

In the area of social equity, 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 is selected from either category.

Also in the area of social equity, 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 is selected from either category. Equity representatives for each county are recommended by Commissioners in that county.

Current appointments are for a four-year term, beginning in September 2013 and continuing through July 2017. Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month in the afternoon at MTC's offices in Oakland. All meetings are audio cast on the MTC web site and are open to the public.

For more information, contact the MTC Public Information Office at 510.817.5757 or via e-mail at info@mtc.ca.gov.