Metropolitan Transportation Commission (San Francisco Bay Area)

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Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
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Agency overview
Formed1970
Jurisdiction San Francisco Bay Area
HeadquartersBay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale St, San Francisco, California 94105
Employees289
Annual budget$1.36 billion (2019) [1]
Agency executive
  • Therese McMillan [2] , Executive Director
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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the government agency responsible for regional transportation planning and financing in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was created in 1970 by the State of California, with support from the Bay Area Council, to coordinate transportation services in the Bay Area's nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. [3] The MTC is fourth most populous metropolitan planning organization in the United States.

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Duties

MTC is designated a regional transportation planning agency (RTPA) by the State of California and a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) by the federal government. MTC is not the Bay Area's council of governments (COG); the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) holds that role.

MTC administers state-provided money through the Transportation Development Act (TDA) and has decision-making authority over the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). MTC administers federal funding through various grant programs, including the Transportation for Livable Communities (TLC) Program, Low Income Flexible Transportation (LIFT) Program, and Innovative Climate Grants Program.

MTC has overseen administration of toll revenue collected on the eight State-owned bridges in the Bay Area through the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) since 2005. From 1997 through 2004, BATA administered only a portion of the toll revenue.

Since 1999, MTC has worked to implement a regional transit fare-collection system called Clipper (formerly TransLink), where transit riders use a single card to pay fares on the region's different transit systems.

MTC manages various regional operational programs, including 511, the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP), call boxes, ridesharing, FasTrak electronic toll collection, regional pavement management (including the pavement management system software StreetSaver), arterial operations, and regional signal timing programs.

MTC operates a library [4] that jointly supports MTC and ABAG. The library, which is open to the public, has a collection covering transportation and planning issues for the Bay Area.

Budget

MTC's annual budget in 2019 was $1.36 billion. The MTC collected $724.9 million in toll revenue in 2019. The MTC received $372 million in grants from the state and federal government and sales tax. [5]

At the end of 2019, MTC had $3.5 billion in cash. [5]

Governing structure

MTC is guided by a 21-member board of commissioners:

MTC is headquartered in San Francisco and has approximately 289 employees. In July 2016, the ABAG board approved the consolidation of its staff under MTC, combining the work of the Bay Area's two primary regional planning agencies. [6] The current Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is Napa County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza [7]

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References

  1. https://mtc.ca.gov/sites/default/files/MTC_Comprehensive_Annual_Financial_Report-FY2019.pdf
  2. Swan, Rachel (January 23, 2019). "Bay Area transportation commission picks Therese McMillan to be new chief". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  3. About MTC
  4. Library
  5. 1 2 "MTC Annual Financial Report 2019" (PDF).
  6. "ABAG-MTC Staff Consolidation Overview" (PDF). ABAG. Association of Bay Area Governments. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  7. "Commissioners". Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Retrieved 29 July 2021.