SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, May 1, Mayor London Breed nominated former Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Executive Director Steve Heminger to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors. Heminger’s nomination has to be confirmed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
According to the Mayor’s Office, if Heminger is confirmed he will help lead the SFMTA Board in their search for a new Director of Transportation. This nomination follows a letter from Mayor Breed on April 30 requesting the Board start a search for candidates and Director Ed Reiskin’s announcement that he would be resigning after his current contract expires in August.
“The unique set-up of the SFMTA makes the role of leading this transportation agency an incredibly difficult job. Over the last eight years, Ed Reiskin has worked tirelessly to help improve transportation in San Francisco. His leadership has earned him the respect of this board that holds him in high regard for his integrity and his passion to improve transportation in our city as we continue to grow and increasingly rely on sustainable modes to get around.
Ed is a true San Franciscan who walks the walk and relies on the transportation system every day. Whether he is taking Muni, riding a bike, taking a taxi or another form of sustainable transportation, Ed has been a champion for making our transportation network equitable for all. The SFMTA Board of Directors cannot thank Mr. Reiskin enough for all that he has done,” said Board Chair Malcolm Heinicke and Vice Chair Gwyneth Borden in a statement issued on April 29.
“Steve Heminger’s expertise in regional transportation will make him an incredible addition to the Board of Directors, especially at this critical moment as the Board embarks on its search to find SFMTA’s next leader,” said Mayor Breed. “Moving forward, his insight and experience working with transportation agencies across the Bay Area, including SFMTA, will support the City’s work to strengthen our public transportation system, make our streets safer for all users, and deliver transportation improvement projects.”
Heminger managed the MTC for 18 years before retiring in 2019. During his time at the MTC, his responsibilities included administering over $2 billion per year in funding for the operation, maintenance and expansion of the Bay Area’s surface transportation network. Under an interagency agreement with the Association of Bay Area Governments, Heminger and his executive team offered staffing services to that organization as well.
“San Francisco has no shortage of transportation challenges, but I am confident we can improve,” said Heminger. “I thank Mayor Breed for the opportunity to bring my regional experience to bear on making it easier for my fellow residents to move around town.”
He was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, which helped advance the future course for the federal transportation program. As Chairman of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, Heminger oversaw construction of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge – at the time, the largest transportation project in California history.
He served a member of numerous boards of directors over the course of his 35-year career, including the Transportation Research Board, Mineta Transportation Institute, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Californians for Better Transportation, and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.