To become an appointed member of the MNRCC, send a letter or an email stating your interest together with your resume to the local elected official for the area in which you reside.

Thank you for your interest in the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council (MNRCC)! The MNRCC was created by the New York State Legislature in 1981 to be the official voice of Metro-North riders. On this page you’ll more information about our Council and meetings, and how to become a member. You can also view or download a sample letter to send to the appropriate elected official requesting they consider your candidacy.

The MNRCC is one of three legislatively-mandated rider advocacy councils of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC), along with the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council, and the New York City Transit Riders Council.

MNRCC’s 11 volunteer members are appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of local officials in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Bronx counties. Currently, there are four (4) vacancies on the MNRCC; one each for Bronx and Putnam counties; and two for Westchester County.

The PCAC and Councils, with support from a professional staff, hold regular public meetings, undertake research projects, and advocate on behalf of Metro-North riders to Metro-North and MTA leadership, and to elected officials. A representative from each Council sits on relevant MTA agency operating committees and holds a non-voting seat on the MTA Board.

MNRCC meets monthly except those months when the full PCAC meets (March, June, September and December). Council members are expected to attend both MNRCC and PCAC meetings. MNRCC public meetings are held on Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, from 12 noon to 2:00 PM. PCAC public meetings are held quarterly (March, June, September and December) on the first Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted, from noon to 2:00 PM. Following current protocols, meetings may be attended virtually or in-person.

To apply to be a member of the MNRCC, you should contact your appropriate local/county official to express your interest. Prospective members generally send a letter of interest to that official, along with a resume or statement of experience that outlines their qualifications. A sample letter is available on this page. We ask prospective members to send a copy of this correspondence to the PCAC-MNRCC office at [email protected] and to 2 Broadway, 16th Floor; New York, NY 10004, so that we may follow up on your application. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with the process, please call our office at 212-878-7087 or send an email message to [email protected]. Thank you for your interest!