San Mateo County supervisor to head regional transportation agency

Adrienne J. Tissier

San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier has taken the helm of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) after be unanimously elected being as chair at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The commissioners also unanimously elected Orinda City Councilmember Amy Rein Worth to serve as MTC’s vice chair. Both officers will serve a two-year term.

Tissier has represented District 5 on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors since 2005. The Daly City businesswoman was first appointed to MTC in 2006 and has served for the past two years as the Commission’s vice chair. Prior to her election to the Board of Supervisors, Tissier served from 1997 to 2004 as a city councilmember in Daly City, including two terms (1999 and 2003) as mayor.

In addition to MTC and the Board of Supervisors, Tissier is a member of the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) Board of Directors, and also serves as board chair of the Health Plan of San Mateo and the San Mateo Medical Center.

Tissier has been a leader in efforts to ensure mobility for senior and disabled residents. She keynoted MTC’s 2005 Regional Summit on Older Drivers and spearheads a series of popular CHP Older Driver Traffic Safety Seminars in San Mateo County that offer a half-day of classroom instruction engineered to help older drivers stay on the road for as long as possible and as safely as possible. She also was instrumental in creating SamTrans’ Senior Mobility Action Plan, a comprehensive effort to meet the transportation challenges facing older residents, particularly those who no longer drive.

“My goals as MTC Chair include ensuring the sustainability of

Amy Rein Worth

Caltrain and making sure high-speed works for the Peninsula,” said Tissier in a written press statement. “The prosperity of the Peninsula has always gone hand in hand with modern transportation, whether it was the original railway in the 19th century, construction of the U.S. 101 and I-280 freeways in the 20th century or the continuing growth of San Francisco International Airport. I will work to make sure modern transportation supports a thriving Peninsula in the future as well.”

Rein Worth, who was appointed to MTC in early 2007 by her colleagues on the city councils in Contra Costa County, has been chairing the Commission’s Operations Committee while also serving on three other standing committees.

The Commission also welcomed several new members who recently began four-year terms. These include San Jose City Councilmember Sam Liccardo, who replaces former Sunnyvale city Councilmember Dean J. Chu as the representative of the cities of Santa Clara County; and South San Francisco Mayor Kevin Mullin, who replaces former San Mateo City Councilmember Sue Lempert as the representative of the cities of San Mateo County. Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who previously represented the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) on the Commission, retains a seat as the new representative from Santa Clara County, replacing Supervisor Ken Yeager.

ABAG named Union City Mayor and ABAG President Mark Green as its new MTC representative. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has not yet appointed an MTC representative to replace former Supervisor Chris Daly, whose term ended in December 2010.

MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

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