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Executive Director's Report



BART OAC Ribbon-Cutting, November 21

A horde of dignitaries – including Chair Worth and Commissioner Haggerty – spoke at the grand opening of BART’s cable car line connecting the Coliseum Station to the Oakland International Airport. The project was many years in the making, and involved a prominent role for the Commission in identifying the last dollop of funding to be secured before it moved into construction. For those keeping score, that’s now two Bay Area international airports with rail connections, and one to go. Thanks to Commission funding, SMART also will be providing rail service to the Sonoma County Airport when it debuts in 2017.

SANDAG Loses Appeal, November 24, San Diego

A divided three-judge panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeal handed the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) its second straight loss over the validity of its environmental review of the state’s first Sustainable Communities Strategy. On December 5th, SANDAG decided to appeal this adverse decision to the California Supreme Court. MTC joined an amicus brief during the appellate stage, and we expect to file another on SANDAG’s behalf before the Supreme Court.

State Route 37 Corridor Tour, November 25

Andy Fremier and I joined the congestion management agency directors from Sonoma and Solano counties in touring the State Route 37 corridor and discussing various improvement plans that have been proposed.

BATA Investor Presentations, December 3-5, New York

Andy Fremier and I joined Brian Mayhew and our financing team in New York to make presentations to potential investors in the next round of BATA bond offerings. A total of $815 million in refunding and new money bonds were priced and sold last week, with a robust $2.4 billion in orders received.

Kempton to Head CTC, December 10, Sacramento

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has announced that former Caltrans Director Will Kempton will become its next executive director in January 2015. This also means that Will will be rejoining me as a member of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee (TBPOC). As the French like to say: Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

Caltrans Reorganizes Toll Bridge Program, December 12, Sacramento

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty announced a reorganization of the Toll Bridge Program that has been in place since the passage of AB 144 (Hancock) and the creation of the TBPOC in 2005. In brief, the structure in place until now involved an overall Program Director (Tony Anziano) who reported directly to the Caltrans Director in Sacramento. In its place, the new structure will assign the remaining demolition work on the old East Span to the regular Caltrans District 4 organization, with Chief Deputy Dan McElhinney taking on the role of interfacing with the TBPOC oversight group. We wish both Tony and Dan well in their new responsibilities.

Silicon Valley Briefing, December 16, Santa Clara University

At the invitation of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, I briefed a group of corporate officials and state legislators on the upcoming first round of funding under the state’s new Cap & Trade programs. [Presentation]

MTC Operational Statistics

The monthly report on the performance of MTC’s operating programs:

Upcoming Events

January 12-15 — TRB Annual Meeting, Washington DC
January 16 — Joint Policy Committee, Oakland