For Immediate Release
Wanted: Disabled Advisors From Solano and Contra Costa Counties
OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 22, 2003...Are you a disabled resident of Solano or Contra
Costa County? Are you interested in improving transportation for disabled persons in your community? If
you answered yes to these questions, you are eligible to serve on the Metropolitan Transportation
Commission (MTC) Elderly and Disabled Advisory Committee.
MTC – the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San
Francisco Bay Area – is recruiting individuals to fill a few remaining seats on its advisory
committee. The committee’s purpose is to involve older adults and persons with disabilities in
improving the region’s extensive transportation network.
"One of the most important things we want to do as a Commission is create a policy and vision for our
future that is inclusive of all our Bay Area residents and interests," said MTC Chair Steve Kinsey.
"The members of our advisory committee provide a link to the public that is crucial to our work. I
encourage anyone interested in helping us improve mobility in the region to apply for a seat."
Members of the committee are expected to maintain an ongoing engagement with organizations and
individuals in the disabled community, and to voice the perspectives and concerns of that community to
MTC commissioners. To help ensure that public transportation services and facilities are made fully
accessible to disabled people and that the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act are
adequately met, the 20-member committee reviews MTC projects, policies and funding programs, proposes
positions on relevant legislation, and provides comment on state and federal statutes affecting
transportation services for older adults and persons with disabilities.
No specific educational background is needed – just an active interest in transportation and how
it affects residents of Solano or Contra Costa County. Experience in working with the community or on
community-related issues is desirable. Committee members are expected to attend monthly meetings held
at MTC’s offices in Oakland during business hours on the first Thursday of each month and to
serve a two-year term. While positions are voluntary, committee members receive a stipend for their
Commissioners and staff will review all applications and make final appointments to the advisory
committee. For more information call 510.817.5757, go to MTC’s Web site at <www.mtc.ca.gov> or visit MTC offices at 101 Eighth Street, Oakland,
during regular business hours.
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