A seamless transit system stitching together the 25-odd transit agencies in the Bay Area would go a long way toward cutting car use and the emissions it entails in these days of routine 80-mile commutes and high expectations for transportation convenience. Here is some background on an effort.

Seamless Bay Area

This group’s mission is to reform Bay Area transportation governance and establish a single lead public entity with the mandate and resources to create an integrated, world-class transportation system that improves mobility for all. The current fragmented governance “not only wastes money; it also results in terrible transportation outcomes for Bay Area residents, including poor connectivity, inefficient routes, inconsistent service and separate fare systems….

Seamless Bay Area presented this concept to the Reduce Car Use committee in January, 2017 Downloadable slides.

State legislation should empower a future Bay Area lead transportation authority to:
• Create a seamless, integrated transportation system;
• Lead key public transit network functions including long range planning, capital and service planning, budgeting, procurement, design, construction, marketing/branding, and customer experience;
• Have jurisdiction over transportation corridors of regional significance;
• Pursue innovative forms of infrastructure financing and project delivery; and
• Raise funds through regional ballot measures.”

They believe state legislation is necessary, and suggest modeling the integrated system on entities like Sound Transit in Seattle, TransLink in Vancouver, and Los Angeles Metro. Downloadable flyer.

Seattle: Sound Transit

Seattle Sound Transit Board Composition May Change
Sound Transit is currently governed by an 18-member Board made up of local elected officials (10 from King County, 7 from the 2 other counties) and the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (like the BAAQMD we have here).
A State Senate bill still in committee will, if passed, have the Board comprise representatives from 11 districts chosen through direct elections.
by Rob Johnson & Marilyn Strickland, Seattle Transit Blog, March 16, 2017

The Board’s Role
The Board establishes policies and gives direction and oversight. It is empowered under state law to identify ballot measures for voter approval of regional transit projects and maintains the Long-Range Plan that identifies potential projects to submit to voters.
At critical milestones of every voter-approved project, the Board makes key decisions by adopting budgets, identifying alternatives to include in environmental review, selecting the preferred alternative, determining the final project to be built and establishing baselines for project scope, schedule and budget. The Board also approves major contracts. https://www.soundtransit.org/Projects-and-Plans/Developing-Regional-Transit/The-ST-Boards-Role

Vancouver: TransLink

Mayors Control an Operations and Planning Board
The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation is composed of the 21 mayors in Metro Vancouver, the Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, and the elected representative of unincorporated areas in the district around the city.
The Mayors’ Council appoints seven individuals to the Translink Board of Directors.  The Board also includes the Mayors’ Council Chair and Vice-Chair (at their option), and up to two members appointed by the Province. The Board supervises the management of the affairs of TransLink & approves its budget, and also submits long-term transportation strategies and a 10-year investment plan to the Mayors’ Council for approval. The Mayors’ Council approves plans, fares, and TransLink management salaries.

Los Angeles: Metro

One Overarching Authority
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), commonly referred to as Metro or MTA, operates the vast majority of bus, light rail and subway services throughout the county. There are a few smaller municipal transportation agencies in the county but the LACMTA Transit Access Pass covers all of them.
The Metro Board
Metro is governed by a Board of Directors comprising:
• The 5 members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
• The mayor and 3 mayoral appointees.
• 4 members appointed by the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee.
• 1 non-voting member appointed by the Governor