The Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC) was established by the California state legislature (SB 849, Torlakson, 2004) to coordinate the policy and planning work of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). BARC is also known as the Joint Policy Committee (JPC).
As a forum for addressing cross-cutting challenges facing the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, BARC’s ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for all Bay Area residents. To achieve this, we bring together member agencies and other key stakeholders to advance collaborative, interdisciplinary work on a range of regional issues that cannot be fully addressed by any one agency. To see our current projects, visit Our Work.
BARC is comprised of a Governing Board made up of board members and commissioners from member agencies. BARC also actively engages the executive leadership of the member agencies in collaborative problem solving, including the leadership of BARC’s three non-voting partner agencies. BARC staff carry out work at the direction of the Governing Board, working collaboratively with agency staff and regional stakeholders to implement cross-cutting initiatives.
BARC is comprised of four regional government agencies and three non-voting members:
- Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
- Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)
- Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)
- Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
- Caltrans District 4
- San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
- State Coastal Conservancy
To learn more, visit our Member Agencies page or click on individual agencies to visit their websites.