Weeks after winning a coveted spot on the county's leading transportation agency, City Councilwoman Gail Price snagged another appointment when she was tapped to serve on a National League of Cities committee charged with vetting transit policy.
Price, a former planner, will serve on the League's Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee, the city announced Monday. The committee is responsible for developing the national organization's positions on a wide array of transportation topics, including highways, public transit and railroads.
"I look forward to working on critical policy issues involving all aspects of transportation," Price said in a statement. "Improving critical infrastructure and services is key to the current and future economic vitality and livability of all of our communities."
Price is no stranger to the topics of infrastructure and transportation, which have featured prominently on the council's agenda ever since her election in 2009. The city has been at the forefront of Peninsula's opposition to California's proposed high-speed-rail project and is now aggressively implementing an ambitious bicycle master plan, which includes more than a dozen bike projects. Palo Alto officials are also in the midst of a multi-year effort to close infrastructure backlog of nearly $200 million, an effort that will likely include a 2014 ballot measure.
Price's appointment to the national committee comes about a month after she was chosen to serve on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, giving the city rare representation on the influential regional board that is typically dominated by San Jose officials. The VTA is charged with providing various countywide transit services, transportation planning and grant funds for projects in local jurisdictions.
The National League of Cities, a nationwide lobbying group for municipalities, includes elected officials from about 19,000 cities, towns and villages. Other members of the committee include elected officials from from Charlotte, N.C., Milwaukee, Wisc., and Oak Park Heights, Minn.