EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STEVE HEMINGER’S REPORT TO
OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
SUMMARY OF EVENTS:
Fix the Roads Roundtable
Walnut Creek, August 19
Commissioner Pierce and I were members of a panel of regional and local officials who testified before the special session version of the Assembly Transportation Committee about the importance of repairing our state highways and local roads in California.
Eno Technical Assistance Award
Washington DC, July 7
The Eno Transportation Foundation has awarded MTC a Public-Private Partnership technical assistance award, which will assist us as we roll-out the express lane network in the East and North Bay areas.
Assembly Select Committee Hearing
Oakland, August 21
Vice Chair Mackenzie and I were invited to testify before the first hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Improving Bay Area Transportation Systems, chaired by Assemblyman Jim Frazier of Oakley. A copy of my fairly wide-ranging presentation can be found here. In particular, I raised the question at the end of my remarks about whether the time had come to begin discussing Regional Measure 3 – the potential successor to the two regional plebiscites that have raised bridge tolls for regional transportation improvements in the bridge corridors.
San Francisco, September 4
I made brief remarks and participated in a lengthy question & answer session with this group of current and former Sacramento “insiders” where MTC’s founder, the late John Foran, was a long-time member.
San Mateo 101 Forum
San Carlos, September 15
Commissioner Tissier, Andy Fremier and I attended a forum hosted by Assemblyman (and former MTC commissioner) Kevin Mullin about various proposals to improve mobility on the U.S. 101 corridor through San Mateo County. Participants included representatives from several corridor companies, business associations, local and regional transportation officials, and Caltrans.
Stockton, September 17
Vice Chair Mackenzie and Commissioners Baker, Haggerty and Spering joined MTC senior staff in a “megaregional” meeting with our board and staff counterparts from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and San Joaquin Council of Governments. This is the third such session we’ve had to discuss transportation and housing issues common to – and overlapping – our three regions. The elected officials present agreed to seek approval from their respective governing bodies to establish this group in a more formal way through adoption of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The draft MOU will be presented to the MTC Planning Committee in November for consideration.
Beyond Traffic Forum, Sacramento
At the invitation of the U.S. Department of Transportation, I spoke before a group of state and local transportation officials at CSU Sacramento. The event was part of U.S. DOT’s visioning exercise for their long-range planning initiative about the nation’s mobility trends.
MTC Operational Statistics
The monthly report on the performance of MTC’s operating
September 29 – October 2 — Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Washington DC
October 5 — APTA Annual Meeting, San Francisco
October 9 — Bay Area Partnership, Oakland
October 18-20 — UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference
October 26 — Rail-Volution Conference, Dallas
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