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Report ID: 20-261   
Type: Regular - External Affairs
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 7/8/2020 Final action: 7/8/2020
Recommended Action: Consider receiving an update on the District's involvement in the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC) Blue Ribbon Task Force.
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Att.1. BRTF 5-29-20 Presentation, 3. Att.2. DRAFT Bay Area Transit Health-Safety Plan Presentation 6-15-20, 4. Att.3. BRTF Intro Letters from GMs 5-29-20, 5. Att.4. BRTF Letter from GMs 6-15-20, 6. Master Minute Order
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Michael A. Hursh, General Manager
SUBJECT: Blue Ribbon Task Force Update

BRIEFING ITEM

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

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Consider receiving an update on the District's involvement in the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC) Blue Ribbon Task Force.
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STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

Goal - Financial Stability and Resiliency
Initiative - Financial Efficiency and Revenue Maximization

The Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) was established as part of the region's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the passage of the Federal CARES Act which provided the MTC region with $1.3 Billion in emergency relief funds, the Task Force was established with the following purpose "to immediately assist MTC in understanding the scale of the crisis facing all Bay Area transit systems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to guide its regional support through expedited distribution of CARES Act Phase 2 funds. Safety, network connectivity, financial sustainability, and transportation system equity will be important considerations. Additionally, by mid-2021, the Task Force shall submit a Bay Area Public Transit Transformation Action Plan to the Commission for its consideration and possible adoption. The Plan should identify actions needed to re-shape the region's transit system into a more connected, more efficient, and more user-focused mobility network across the entire Bay Area and beyond." Participation in the BRTF is of critical importance to the financial stability to the District, as such, the General Manager is actively participating in the Task Force with support from four District staff members.

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

This report is an update on the actions of the BRTF and does not have any direct fiscal impact. The BRTF is charged initially with recommending an allocation method for the remaining approximately 40% of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for the region. AC Transi...

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