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October 7, 2011 > Regional agency HQ concept moves forward

Regional agency HQ concept moves forward

Submitted By the Metropolitan Transportation Commission

At a joint meeting on September 28, 2011, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) voted to continue the two-year-long effort to acquire and develop a piece of property into a new multi-agency Regional Agency Headquarters, with a building at 390 Main Street in San Francisco being the preferred location. In a split vote, the MTC/BATA commissioners endorsed the recommendations of an ad-hoc MTC/BATA fact-finding committee and agreed to seek the acquisition of the San Francisco property. MTC and BATA commissioners then went into closed session to discuss pricing.

Sister agencies MTC and BATA are governed by the same 19 commissioners, share staff and are currently located together at the Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter, Oakland, along with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). In addition to potentially housing MTC's and BATA's staff, the facility in San Francisco has sufficient space to house ABAG and two other regional agencies, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). These partner agencies work closely together on several efforts, including a state-mandated initiative to map out a 25-year plan for a sustainable Bay Area.

In August 2011, MTC/BATA appointed the special ad hoc fact-finding committee to review legal, financial and practical aspects of the move. Consisting of the current MTC/BATA Commission chair and vice chair plus four MTC/BATA commissioners who have served in the past as Commission chairs, the ad hoc committee made a series of findings and recommendations.

In separate meetings after their joint meeting, MTC and BATA also voted to form the Bay Area Headquarters Agency, a joint powers authority empowered to enter into negotiations for the 390 Main Street property and to develop it into contemporary, seismically upgraded offices with ample meeting space for the four agencies and the back-office operations of MTC's FasTrak electronic toll-collection system and Clipper electronic fare-collection system. Part of the building would be available for lease to outside, non-governmental entities.

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