2021 

rebuilding Muni for Riders

Give today to build the future of transit we need

We’ve worked hard throughout the pandemic to keep Muni moving for riders – and we succeeded in building the movement needed to bring back needed coverage in early 2022 despite budget shortages and an underlying structural deficit at SFMTA. We can’t stop now! We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build the foundations for the future of transit we need.

There is no path to permanently restore full pre-pandemic service without additional funding for Muni. We are leading the fight for transit funding that will restore suspended lines, fix our aging infrastructure, and increase service. We are building on the wins for transit priority during the pandemic to achieve our 30×30 vision.

There is no path to permanently restore full pre-pandemic service without additional funding for Muni. We are leading the fight for transit funding that will restore suspended lines, fix our aging infrastructure, and increase service. We are building on the wins for transit priority during the pandemic to achieve our 30×30 vision.

Give today to make sure all riders are heard, and crucial transit funding is won, in 2022. We will continue to build an inclusive movement for excellent transit, making sure the voices of those riders who have often been excluded from transit planning and investment are front and center. We will continue to fight to restore service, rebuild Muni, and create a more equitable, sustainable San Francisco.

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Transit Rider Wins in 2021

We won national transit funding

We worked with a national coalition of rider advocates and transit agencies calling for transit stimulus funding. In meetings with federal transportation officials and Speaker Pelosi’s office, our members made the difference, emphasizing why restoring transit service was essential to get them to work, school, medical appointments, and other essential services. By ensuring riders’ voices were at the table, we helped secure almost $4 billion in transit recovery funds for the Bay Area.

We won a major restoration of Muni routes

Together with a coalition of students, parents, seniors, labor, and community activists calling for the restoration of pre-pandemic Muni service, we gathered over 2,000 petition signatures calling on SFMTA to restore pre-pandemic service. We held multiple rallies in the Tenderloin and at City Hall, published op-eds, and organized hundreds of public testimonies at SFMTA and the Board of Supervisors meetings to restore suspended lines. Our advocacy had a clear impact: SFMTA announced plans to restore almost every suspended line by early next year.

We won a record roll-out of transit priority

As the only group organizing for essential transit priority, we mobilized our members repeatedly to convert Temporary Emergency Transit Only Lanes (part of the pandemic response) into permanent transit-only lanes that improve speed and reliability for riders. These lanes are now in the queue to be painted red, rolling out the red carpet for transit and riders to complete their trips without being stuck in traffic. We turned out members for public comment at community meetings and SFMTA Board meetings to secure permanent improvements for the T Third, 38 Geary, 14 Mission, and 19 Polk.

We launched our youth leadership program for transit

We launched three Youth Cohorts to build youth leadership around the transit issues they face. Cohorts at Mission High School, Burton High School, and a city-wide cohort completed our youth leadership and transit policy curriculum. They then applied what they learned by doing hands-on community outreach and organizing around restoring Muni service and supporting transit priority projects; and by meeting with members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. 

We won national transit funding

We worked with a national coalition of rider advocates and transit agencies calling for transit stimulus funding. In meetings with federal transportation officials and Speaker Pelosi’s office, our members made the difference, emphasizing why restoring transit service was essential to get them to work, school, medical appointments, and other essential services. By ensuring riders’ voices were at the table, we helped secure almost $4 billion in transit recovery funds for the Bay Area.

We won a major restoration of Muni routes

Together with a coalition of students, parents, seniors, labor, and community activists calling for the restoration of pre-pandemic Muni service, we gathered over 2,000 petition signatures calling on SFMTA to restore pre-pandemic service. We held multiple rallies in the Tenderloin and at City Hall, published op-eds, and organized hundreds of public testimonies at SFMTA and the Board of Supervisors meetings to restore suspended lines. Our advocacy had a clear impact: SFMTA announced plans to restore almost every suspended line by early next year.

We won a record roll-out of transit priority

As the only group organizing for essential transit priority, we mobilized our members repeatedly to convert Temporary Emergency Transit Only Lanes (part of the pandemic response) into permanent transit-only lanes that improve speed and reliability for riders. These lanes are now in the queue to be painted red, rolling out the red carpet for transit and riders to complete their trips without being stuck in traffic. We turned out members for public comment at community meetings and SFMTA Board meetings to secure permanent improvements for the T Third, 38 Geary, 14 Mission, and 19 Polk.

We launched our youth leadership program for transit

We launched three Youth Cohorts to build youth leadership around the transit issues they face. Cohorts at Mission High School, Burton High School, and a city-wide cohort completed our youth leadership and transit policy curriculum. They then applied what they learned by doing hands-on community outreach and organizing around restoring Muni service and supporting transit priority projects; and by meeting with members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. 

“TNDC has worked with SFTR for several months, successfully collaborating on transit improvement efforts. SFTR has publicly supported TNDC’s Bring Back the 31 Action Committee and has worked diligently to make sure that transit riders’ needs are part of the discussion when projects are being designed and evaluated.”

-Jaime Viloria, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

“Senior and Disability Action and San Francisco Transit Riders have a long history of working together on transit issues, dating as far back to when the word Union was a part of the SFTR name. SFTR’s current support of our Gimme Shelter! campaign and their work on completely Restoring Muni services are just a couple examples of their commitment to make sure that all SF Transit Riders are not just here for the ride, they’re here to create their ride.”

-Pi Ra, Senior & Disability Action

“Senior and Disability Action and San Francisco Transit Riders have a long history of working together on transit issues, dating as far back to when the word Union was a part of the SFTR name. SFTR’s current support of our Gimme Shelter! campaign and their work on completely Restoring Muni services are just a couple examples of their commitment to make sure that all SF Transit Riders are not just here for the ride, they’re here to create their ride.”

-Pi Ra, Senior & Disability Action

“SFTR has been instrumental in making sure transit riders are heard when important decisions about transit priority improvements like bus lanes are being made.” 

-Liz Brisson, proud SFTR member and SFMTA Major Corridors Planning Manager

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