In a recent column I reported on my trip to Oakland to attend the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s monthly meeting. The column was critical of MTC’s push to expand its portfolio far from its mandate to address Bay Area traffic and transit deficiencies.
I received a polite email from MTC’s executive director, Steve Heminger, taking issue with points raised in the column. His effort at dialogue is appreciated.
I criticized the MTC’s method of appointing directors, saying that five outside agencies had voting seats on the agency’s Board of Directors. Heminger corrected me, saying that only the Association of Bay Area Governments and Bay Conservation and Development Commission have voting seats. The other three, Caltrans and the federal transportation and housing departments, have non-voting commission seats.