Gov. Brown Signs AB 57: San Jose Gets New Seat On Metropolitan Transportation Commission

July 13, 2012

Assembly Bill 57, legislation introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall that adds a new seat for the city of San Jose on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, was signed into law today by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The new law, scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, increases the membership of the commission from 19 to 21. It allows the Mayor of San Jose to appoint a member and expands the total number of members from Santa Clara County to three on the commission. The MTC serves as the regional transportation, coordinating and financing agency for the Bay Area’s nine counties.

“This is a great day for San Jose,’’ Beall said. “We’re the biggest city in the Bay Area and now we actually will have a greater role at the table when it comes to funding for transportation projects like BART to San Jose and improvements for our freeways.

“Other versions of this bill had been introduced before and defeated. I’m very happy that AB 57 avoided that fate. It took a lot of negotiations to get this bill passed."

The bill also gives the Mayor of Oakland the power to appoint a representative. With the change in the law, the counties of  Santa Clara, Alameda, and San Francisco each have three voting members on the commission.

Contact: Rodney Foo, 408.282.8920 or 408.823.5537