What is Transit Month?
Over the years through Transit Month (and formerly Transit Day and Transit Week), SFTR, Seamless, and other transit-focused agencies and organizations have reached hundreds of riders through events held across the city. SFTR has spoken directly to those who need and take the train at our Transit Hubs, and there have been in-depth panel discussions around safety on transit and the role of public transit in addressing climate change. Riders logged almost 3,000 transit trips in our Ride Contest in 2022, covering every transit agency in the Bay Area. Over the years during Transit Month, we’ve boarded and chatted with CEOs of agencies, we’ve ridden the train with Supervisors, we’ve seen new parts of town from the bus window and explored the Bay Area, and we’ve raised awareness about the importance of keeping our city moving through transit.
It is more important than ever before that we show our elected leaders how important transit is to our city, and that we need to continue funding it. Let’s prove that to them this Transit Month by getting out and taking transit!
Events for Transit Month 2023:
Sept 1-21: BART Scavenger Hunt and Transit Month Happy Hour
YPT is highlighting public art and small businesses throughout the Bay Area via a scavenger hunt across the entire BART system. Complete what you can and share your progress on social media!
We’ll celebrate transit month and the scavenger hunt with a happy hour, complete with trivia — prizes will be included!
Details: September 21, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Address: Line 51 Brewing Co
303 Castro St, Oakland, CA 94607
Hosted by: Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT)
Sept 5: Transit Month Kick-Off Celebration / Rally & Ride Along
On Tuesday, September 5, 2023, The San Francisco Transit Riders will be hosting a ride along to city hall and rally/celebration to kick-off the transit month festivities. The rally will be attended by The Mayor, Board of Supervisors, Sen. Scott Wiener, Asm. Phil Ting, Director Tumlin, Director Jue, SFMTA Board Chair Eaken, and more!
– Tuesday September 5, 2022, 12:00pm-1:00pm at City Hall
Ride Along Routes:
– 11:30am – 5R from Divisadero St to Van Ness Ave with Supervisor Dean Preston and SFMTA Board Chair Amanda Eaken
– 11:15am – J from 20th St to Civic Center with Supervisor Rafael Mandelman
– 11:30am – K, M, or S from West Portal to Civic Center with Assemblymember Phil Ting, Supervisor Myrna Melgar, Director Tumlin, and Director Jue
Please register below for the event so we can update you with the ride along route coordination.
Details: September 5, 2023 | Rally at 12:00 pm
Rally Location: San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102
Hosted by: San Francisco Transit Riders
Sept 8: Manny Yekutiel in Conversation with BART Officials on a Moving BART Train!
Manny will be joined by the president of the BART board Janice Li and the General Manager Bob Powers to discuss the state of public transportation across the bay area and in particular the BART system.
We will be meeting at the 16th St. BART station and we’ll be taking over one entire BART car for the conversation down to SFO and back.
Tickets required to reserve a spot on the car.
Details: September 8, 2023 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Address: Meet at 16th Street BART Station
Hosted by: Welcome to Manny’s and BART
Sept 9: Tenderloin Traffic Safety Task Force Annual Event
A community event to highlight and celebrate the Task Forces’ accomplishments through the years and ongoing projects in pedestrian, traffic safety, public space, and public transit. Get community input on Task Force Priorities for 2024.
Family friendly activities by St. Anthonys and 826 Valencia; raffle prizes throughout the event, including $50 clipper cards, bicycle helmets, & a bike! SFMTA’s Sales van will provide information on discount services and sales. SF Transit Riders will be there to promote transit month and rider contests. Learn how to use the 311 App. Ice cream and more!
Details: September 9, 2023 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Address: Golden Gate Greenway
Golden Gate Avenue, between Leavenworth and Jones St.
Hosted by: Tenderloin Traffic Safety Task Force, St. Anthony’s, TLCBD, and TNDC
Sept 9: Pacific Bus Museum Tour event
Details: September 9, 2023 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Address: Meet at Fremont BART Station to Pacific Bus Museum
37974 Shinn St., Fremont, CA 94536
Hosted by: Pacific Bus Museum
Sept 9 & 10: Tri Delta Transit takes you to the Pittsburg Seafood and Music Festival
Details: September 9, 2023 and September 10, 2023
Address: Tri Delta Transit routes and shuttle to the Festival at Pittsburg Old Downtown on Railroad
Hosted by: Tri Delta Transit and Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce
Sept 10: A Cable Car is Born (Tour)
Details: September 10, 2023 | 10:00 am
Address: Cable Car Barn
1200 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Hosted by: SPUR and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Sept 10: VivaCalleSJ by Transit
Japantown – VTA Light Rail: Japantown/Ayer Station
Tamien Park – Caltrain Tamien Station, VTA Light Rail: Tamien Station
Kelley Park – VTA 73 bus: Keyes & 12th or Senter & Alma
Details: September 10, 2023 | 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Address: Route runs through central San Jose. See it here: https://www.vivacallesj.org/
Hosted by: Catalyze SV
Sept 11: What can California learn from Sweden's world class public transit?
Panelists will include senior executives from:
- Trafikförvaltningen (Public transport administration of Stockholm )
- Västra Götaland (Regional Council of Gothenberg)
- Skånetrafiken (Region of Skåne – Malmo)
Space is limited; registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.
Details: September 11, 2023 | 5:30pm-7:30pm
Address: Bay Area Metro Center, Temezcal Room
375 Beale St., San Francisco, CA
Hosted by: Seamless Bay Area and Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Sept 14: Transit Stops Drunk Driving
Each year, tens of thousands of people across Alameda County drive drunk, risking their lives and posing a major risk to everyone in the community. Thousands of people each year are arrested for drunk driving, others are hit with massive fines, and ride share apps are everywhere– yet drunk driving is still prevalent in our community. But elected officials have another tool they can use to stop drunk driving: better transit service.
Join Traffic Violence Rapid Response and Mothers Against Drunk Driving for a special Bay Area Transit Month happy hour at one of the most transit accessible bars in Oakland– Temescal Brewing. Special guests include AC Transit Director Jean Walsh, and Registered Nurse Jennifer Esteen.
Details: September 14, 2023 | 5:00pm-7:00pm
Address: Temescal Brewing
4115 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Hosted by: Traffic Violence Rapid Response and Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Sept 13 - 21: Santa Cruz County Transit Advocacy at the County Fair!
Meet the friendly and powerful transit advocates in Santa Cruz and learn about the transformative active and public transportation projects happening now, including the famous Rail & Trail projects. Stop by the Friends of the Rail & Trail Booth Sept 13th-21st at the Santa Cruz County Fair and say Hello. Sign-up for updates and to help volunteer at railandtrail.org
Details: September 13 – 21, 2023
Address: Santa Cruz County Fair
2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076
Hosted by: Friends of the Rail & Trail
Sept 16: Beat the Ridership Record: All Aboard Bay Area Transit Day
We will add up the total ridership for the day and report out to the public and news media if we exceeded the Saturday, September 17, 2022 ridership, which was the highest ridership of a Saturday in September during Transit Month 2022.
Details: September 16, 2023
Hosted by: Bay Area Transit Agencies and the MTC
Sept 16: Birding at Cooley Landing
Details: September 16, 2023 | 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Address: Cooley Landing
2100 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Hosted by: Climate Resilient Communities, Grassroots Ecology, and San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Sept 16: Friends of SMART Inspiration Tour
Trip Tip: Wings & Wheels Car Show – Sonoma County Airport
Trip Tip: Russian River Brewery – Windsor
SMART Connect Weekend Service Zone https://www.sonomamarintrain.org/connect
Details: September 16, 2023 | 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Address:Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit – Any Northbound Station
RSVP: www.friendsofSMART.com or RSVP suggested for docent connections or help navigating the system. Free!
Hosted by: Friends of SMART
Sept 16: Meet the BART Anime Mascots
Details: September 16, 2023 | 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Address: Powell Street Station, Concourse Level
899 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Hosted by: BART
Sept 16: The Inaugural "Rosie Ride: A Riveting Ferry Adventure"
Details: September 16, 2023 | 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Address: Ferry Building Gate F
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94105
Hosted by: Transbay Coalition, San Francisco Bay Ferry, the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, Rosie the Riveter Trust, Columbia Sportswear
Sept 17: Transit to the Beach, North Bay Edition
Celebrate the end of summer at Stinson Beach, one of Marin County’s well-kept secrets, with a picnic (and swimming, if you’d like). You can bring your own food or buy some next to the beach, and you can get there by transit, even on a weekend! (An optional excursion further afield to Bolinas is available. Note: capacity limit of 20 due to small buses used on the line to West Marin.)
Details: September 17, 2023
Meeting time before noon at Bay & Bridgeway stop near Sausalito Ferry Terminal (bus to Stinson Beach leaves Sausalito at 11:55am, Marin City at 12:10pm).
Return to Marin City and Sausalito with 3:42pm bus from Stinson Beach (later trips leaving at 5:07pm and 6:47pm also available)
Address: Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Sept 17: Discover Geology via Transit: East Bay Faults
Details: September 17, 2023 | 11:00 am – 3 pm
Address: Fremont BART station
2000 Bart Way, Fremont, CA 94536
Hosted by: Seamless Bay Area
Sept 20: Thrive with Transit
San Francisco Transit Riders, Kaiser Permanente and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority cordially invite you to Thrive with Transit, a forum about art, belonging, health, and transit. Join us for a tour of Care Essentials Facility at the Salesforce Terminal, and a diverse panel to talk about how San Francisco and we can all Thrive with Transit. Confirmed guests include:
- Anyka Howard, Executive Director of the Betti Ono Foundation
- Adam Van de Water, Executive Director, Salesforce Transit Center
- Tarek Salawy, Kaiser Permanente’s Senior Vice-President/Area Manager of the Golden Gate Service Area
- Lian Chikako Chang, Vision Zero Advocacy, Walk San Francisco
Details: September 20, 2023
5:30 pm–Tour of Care Essentials Facility
6:00 pm–Panel begins
Address: Downtown Care Essentials
65 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Hosted by: San Francisco Transit Riders, Kaiser Permanente and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority
[POSTPONED] Sept 22: Ride Fearlessly: A Framework for Reimagining Transit Safety
POSTPONED UNTIL OCT 20, 2023
Join us as we delve into the world of reimagining safety on transit through community-led interventions. Confirmed panelists:
- Janice Li, BART
- Chris Van Eyken, Transit Center
- Meghna Khanna, LA Metro
- Asiyahola Sankara, ACLU
Details: September 22, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hosted by: TransForm
Sept 22: Bay Area TDM Summit 2023
Details: September 22, 2023 | 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Address:Bay Area Metro Center, Yerba Buena Conference Room
375 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Hosted by: Association for Commuter Transportation, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Bay Area Council
Sept 22: "Moving Pictures: Art and Transit"
Details: September 22, 2023 | 3:00 pm
Address: 1890 Bryant St, San Francisco,
Hosted by: SFTR, SFMTA, 1890 Bryant Street Studios
Sept 23: Coastal Cleanup Day at Cooley Landing, East Palo Alto
Join us at Cooley Landing for a morning of trash cleanup! Coastal Cleanup Day brings communities together throughout the state to clean California’s beaches, lakes, and watersheds. Join us as we remove trash and recyclables from our local watershed to celebrate and enhance our beautiful waterways.
Details: September 23, 2023 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hosted by: Grassroots Ecology
Sept 23: All Aboard, Peninsula!
Details: September 23, 2023 | 10:00 am – 2 pm
Address:Menlo Park / San Mateo / San Francisco
Hosted by: 350 Silicon Valley and other community partners.
Sept 23: Caltrain Electric Train Tour
Details: September 23, 2023 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Address: San Francisco Station
700 4th Street San Francisco, CA 94107
Hosted by: CalTrain
Sept 23: The Crosstown Trail by Transit
Details: September 23, 2023 | 9:00 am – 3 pm
[Start] Mission Blue, 144 Leland Avenue, SF CA 94134
[Finish] Geary Blvd. & Park Presidio Blvd., SF CA 94118
Hosted by: San Francisco Crosstown Trail
Sept 23 & 24: Bus/Bike to Pacific Coast Fog Fest
Details: September 23 & 24, 2023 | 10:00 am – 6 pm
Address: Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, CA
Hosted by: Pacifica Climate Committee
Sept 23 & 24: Muni Heritage Weekend 2023
Step into the past for free rides aboard unique vintage transit vehicles rarely seen on the modern streets of San Francisco. The festivities will unfold near the San Francisco Railway Museum, conveniently located near the Ferry Building and Embarcadero Plaza. All vintage buses and special excursion streetcars depart for round trip rides from the plaza directly across from the museum.
Details: September 23 – 24, 2023 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address:San Francisco Railway Museum
77 Steuart Street between Market Street and Mission Street
Hosted by: SFMTA
Sept 24: Transit Month Hike: Joaquin Miller Park
Meet at the 13th & Broadway bus shelter for the AC Transit 33 bus at 11:00am. We’ll catch the bus that leaves at 11:17am.
- 0.7mi to the trail
- 3.1mi on trail
- 0.7mi from the trail
860 ft cumulative elevation gain.
RSVPs not required, but greatly appreciated.
Details: September 24, 2023 | 11:00 am
Address:13th Street & Broadway – AC Transit 33 stop
1325 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Hosted by: Hiking by Transit
Sept 24: ECR Bus and Bike Priority
Tour of Sites on El Camino Real with plans for bike and bus treatments concluding at a poster session with corridor overview.
Details: September 24, 2023 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Address: Mountain View
Hosted by: Friends of Caltrain, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and Youth Leadership Institute
Sept 25: Transit Month Labor Tour
Join the Democratic Socialists of America – San Francisco Chapter on a waterfront San Francisco labor tour! We will learn about the history of the labor movement in San Francisco and the connections between labor and transit. The tour should last about an hour, and we’ll see several historic sites along the SF waterfront area related to labor history.
Details: September 25, 2023 | 6:00 pm
Address: San Francisco Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94105
Hosted by: Democratic Socialists of America – San Francisco Chapter, Ecosocialism Committee & Labor Committee
Sept 26: Freedom to Ride: Transit and the Justice System
Join community groups, elected officials, and transit experts as they discuss the impact of the car-centric system on marginalized communities, the connection between reliable transit and reducing incarceration rates. Come learn how increasing government support for comprehensive transit options can make our community safe for all.
Jovanka Beckles, AC Transit
George Galvis, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
McArthur Hoang, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Carter Lavin, Transbay Coalition
James Burch, Anti Police-Terror Project
Details: September 26, 2023 | 10:00 am 11:00 am
Address: 1324 Adeline St, Oakland, CA 94607
Hosted by: Transbay Coalition, Anti Police-Terror Project, Oak Center Community Center, CURJ, and ASPC
Sept 25 & 28: Rider Recharge Station
We invite transit riders to beat the summer heat with our Rider Recharge Station! Community leaders from NBOP’s Climate Justice Task Force will be tabling at the Santa Rosa Transit Mall to provide riders with drinks, snacks, and mini popsicles provided by local gourmet ice cream shop Frozen Art. In addition to the treats, folks will have an opportunity to connect with leaders from the CJTF to discuss current issues impacting transit riders, and provide feedback about what improvements/changes they hope to see within our local transit system.
Details: September 25 & 28, 2023 | 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address: Santa Rosa Transit Mall
B St & 2nd St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Hosted by: North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP)
Sept 27: Invest in Transit Accessibility
Underinvestment in transit too often leaves people with disabilities and seniors out in the cold. Access to transit is a fundamental human right, but when our transit agencies are starved by lack of local, state and federal investments they too often are forced to cut back on vital services. California needs to support transit so that our transit systems work for everyone, every single day. Join us at Powell BART/Muni station for a series of talks from community leaders about the importance of investing in transit accessibility so that our elevators and escalators work and so everyone can get where they are going.
Details: September 27, 2023 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Address: Market & 5th St
Hosted by: Senior and Disability Action
Sept 27: Transit Tabling at the Salesforce Transit Park
Join current and future operators, and other public transportation orgs for a tabling event. Enjoy Salesforce Transit Park’s Mid-Day Music free park programming, and drinks from rooftop park tenant Barebottle Brewing Co.
Details: September 27, 2023 | 11:30 am 2:00 pm
Address: Salesforce Transit Center/Park Main Plaza
425 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Hosted by: Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA)
Sept 27: SJSU Transit Ride-Along
- Meet outside Student Union near TS office
- Board bus 22 at 7th & Santa Clara (9 min walk)
- Deboard at King & Chaucer (17 min ride)
- Walk to Emma Prusch Park (1 min walk)
- Transit Trivia- giveaways for winner
- Raffle giveaway- for event attendance
- Talk/tour from Veggielution
Details: September 27, 2023 | 4:00 pm – 7:00pm
Address:Start at San Jose City Hall- End at Overfelt Gardens
Hosted by: Transportation Solutions
[CANCELED] Sept 30: Antioch eBART to Mokelumne Trail Bridge Bike Ride
Update: This event has been postponed due to a delay in the bridge construction. A new ride date will be posted as soon as the bridge opening is confirmed, but will likely take place outside of Transit Month. RSVP at the link below to get up-to-date information for when the event is rescheduled.
Ride with Bike East Bay to the new bike/walk bridge over Hwy 4 in deep east Contra Costa County. The bridge now provides a safer route between Antioch and Brentwood, including a connection to the Mokelumne Trail which continues to the east through Brentwood, and to the west through Pittsburg and Bay Point. On this ride we will explore the connection from the Antioch eBART station to the bridge, and then back along the Delta de Anza Trail.
Address: Antioch BART Station Plaza
1600 Slatten Ranch Rd, Antioch, CA 94509
Hosted by: Bike East Bay
Sept 22 - Oct 7: Worldwide Car Free Day - No Fares
Details: September 22, 2023 – Saturday, October 7, 2023
Address: Fairfield, CA
Hosted by: FAST
Sept 28: San Jose Transit Happy Hour: Transit Stops Drunk Driving
Come join fellow transit supporters in Santa Clara county for a drink and discussion of how transit can reduce drunk driving, save lives, and allow people to get out into their communities to more safely enjoy themselves.
Each year, tens of thousands of people across Santa Clara County drive drunk, risking their lives and posing a major risk to everyone in the community. Nearly 100,000 Californians are arrested each year for drunk driving, others are hit with massive fines. Drunk driving persists, but elected officials have another tool they can use to stop drunk driving: better transit service.
Come join fellow transit supporters to raise a glass together at one of the most transit-accessible places in San Jose, San Pedro Square.
Details: September 28, 2023 | 5:30 pm – 7:30pm
Address: 87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
Hosted by: Monica Mallon and Daniel Strokis
Sept 29: All Aboard with Transit CEOs Ride-a-Long and Happy Hour
The Bay Area transit agencies, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) are hosting its third “All Aboard with Transit CEOs,” a multi-modal ride-a-long and social event giving the public a chance to ride with and meet regional transit leaders from across the region. The event is also an opportunity for transit leaders to call for on-going financial support for transit operations and to showcase the coordination happening among agencies to improve the rider experience in the Bay Area.
Details: September 29, 2023 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Address: Palo Alto Caltrain Station/Transit Center
95 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Hosted by: Bay Area Transit Agencies and the MTC
Sept 29: Full Moon Hike in Celebration of Transit Month!
For this hike please bring plenty of water, snacks, comfortable hiking shoes, and warm layers. Red light flashlights will be provided.
Details: September 29, 2023 | 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Address: Spreckels Hill, At the corner of Santa Teresa Blvd and Bailey Ave
Hosted by: Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
Sept 30: Biking, Birds, and BART | Fruitvale to San Leandro
Details:September 30th, 2023 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Address: Fruitvale BART Station
3401 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601
Hosted by: Bike East Bay
Sept 30: Discover Geology via Transit: Earthquake Hazards in Downtown San Francisco
Tour some of the finest and most interesting geological features of the Bay Area without getting in a car. Join Seamless Bay Area and Dr Austin Elliott of the USGS for a car-free tour of earthquake geology and hazard mitigation along Market Street in San Francisco. Learn how planning for transit and other infrastructure has been influenced by geological hazards, and tap into a wealth of resources to continue exploring on your own. This is the second of two tours of regional geology by transit: be sure to also check out the Hayward Fault tour earlier in the month.
Details: September 30, 2023 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Address: Salesforce Plaza
100-132 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA 94105 US
Hosted by: Seamless Bay Area
Sept 30: Downtown Berkeley Transit Month Rally
Details: September 30, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Address:Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza
2170 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Hosted by: Telegraph for People
Celebrating Transit Month at out Rider First Awards!
Join San Francisco Transit Riders and Seamless Bay Area, October 13th at 4:30 pm, to close out Transit Month by celebrating some of the people who have gone above and beyond to improve transit in the past year. We’ll honor bus operators, transit planners, and advocates alike who help us build a more equitable, growing and accessible public transit system and culture for all. Guest speakers include:
- Assemblymember Phil Ting
- Nayeli Maxson Velazquez, Public Transit Advocate
The Rider First Awards cap off a month of events, rallies, and our Ride Contest. It’s also where we’ll be announcing our various Ride Contest winners and handing out prizes – our award ceremony will begin at 6:00pm and you don’t want to miss it!
Details: October 13, 2023 | 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Address: Bay Area Metro Center, Temescal Room
375 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Hosted by: San Francisco Transit Riders and Seamless Bay Area
Ride Transit! Win Prizes! The Ride Contest is part of Transit Month!
Every ride you take on public transit run by a Bay Area transit agency is another entry into our Transit Month raffle. Track your rides to earn badges, win prizes, compete against friends, and show your love for transit!
Transit Month is proudly hosted by
MTC helps the Bay Area’s nearly eight million residents — and countless visitors — get around.
Transit Month is generously sponsored by our partners: Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), Google, Kaiser Permanente, Golden State Warriors, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), Capitol Corridor Bay Area & N. California Rail Transportation, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Hayden AI, Transportation Workers Union Local 250A, Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), San Francisco Environment Department, and Fehr & Peers.
Rider First Awards
And the winners are:
Natalie Robinson and Stephine Barnes, BART Crisis Intervention Specialists
Crisis Intervention Specialist Natalie Robinson has been with BART since 2005. She is a dedicated member of the community within and outside of BART. In her current role, she has served as a role model, mentor, trainer of new Crisis Intervention Specialists and Ambassadors, and has played an essential role in the CIS team’s development. She has also been instrumental in BART’s suicide prevention efforts and once navigated a response team of officers to find and prevent an individual from taking their life during a time when the Suicide Prevention Hotline was not yet in place. Robinson was recently the recipient of BPD’s Community Service Award.
Crisis Intervention Specialist Stephine Barnes has been with BART for 28 years. In addition to being a role model and mentor to many people at BART, she is dedicated to advocating for those facing homelessness and reducing recidivism. She is passionate about outreach, including intervention/prevention, de-escalation, case management, working with community partners, networking, and family reunification. In her time at BART, Barnes helped to create a skills tune-up training for Station Agents to divert disciplinary action and emphasize work on skills needed to meet standards and improve. She has served on the Transit Security Advisory Committee for two years and participated in many initiatives throughout the Bay Area, including youth outreach, read-a-thons, and more. Around BART, she is known as being very approachable, compassionate, and patient.
Susan Barth, VTA 21 Bus Operator
Susan is a bus operator on VTA route 21 who has made a big impact on the community through her warmth and charisma. At her stops, someone almost always knows Susan and will say hello, even if they’re not getting on the bus. She said herself that she loves being a driver, and it clearly shows. She knows what stops her regular riders got on and off at, and several times she’s stopped to make sure someone – who perhaps wasn’t paying attention – doesn’t miss their stop. Unfortunately, Susan was not able to join us tonight but we still want to honor her for the exceptional work she does and her outsized impact within the transit community.
Annmarie Wong, TrainGirlSummer
Annmarie, known more colloquially as @traingirlsummer on her popular Tik Tok account, is an advocate for public transit in a way we don’t often recognize: through social media-based education and outreach. And trust me, way more people likely know Annmarie and her work than any person in this room tonight. Her videos have a collective 2.7 million likes on TikTok and Annmarie’s videos teach her tens of thousands of followers how to use transit, explaining urban planning issues, and highlights the fun places transit can (and should be able to) take you. Her memes, attitude, and personal style bring vital attention to public transit, which is crucial in encouraging young people to take transit. We want to honor TrainGirlSummer for her work elevating the importance of transit and showing us the “train girl” lifestyle in full picture. Unfortunately, Annmarie also is not able to join us tonight but we still want to honor her for bringing fun and interest to transportation!
Raayan started out his public transit advocacy at the local and regional level right here in the Bay Area on issues of active transportation and transit funding. Now he is a major advocate for public transportation in his role as a legislative aide for California State Senator Scott Wiener. We honor Raayan for being a staple of the transit community, raising awareness and political will around the need for state funding for transit and all the other excellent work he does to get people on trains, buses, and ferries.
Faster Safer Geary Campaign + Geary Improvement Project
The Geary Boulevard Improvement Project is one of the most important transit projects happening in San Francisco right now. It’s bringing much-needed transit priority and pedestrian safety improvements to this major corridor and the success is already evident. The first phase of the project has resulted in 18% faster bus travel times, a 37% improvement in transit reliability, and an 81% reduction in speeding by private vehicles.
Liz Brisson and her SFMTA team (Dan Mackowski, Amy Fowler, and David Sindel) worked tirelessly to overcome enormous obstacles and political pressures on the project. Tonight we have Dan and David to accept the award on behalf of the team.
In addition to agency staff, the Faster Safer Geary Coalition played an instrumental role elevating and humanizing the voices of riders who would benefit from the project. Cyrus Hall and Lian Chang are with us tonight as representatives of the Faster Safer Geary Coalition to accept this award. Thank you to both the SFMTA team and Faster Safer Geary Coalition for bringing this project across the finish line and improving the lives of transit riders across San Francisco.
Survive and Thrive Coalition
We had a major success in the state budget this year, securing $1.1 billion in new transit operations funding. This was an unprecedented win thanks to people from across the state. This funding will help stave off the immediate transit fiscal cliff that would’ve resulted in major service cuts. Leading the charge on getting this funding was the Survive and Thrive Coalition, who raised awareness and political will around the issue.The coalition had people working at all levels of activism, including street theater, grassroots campaigning, working with legislators, and educating the public about the dire need to support our transit agencies.
Laura Tolkoff of SPUR, Adina Levin of Seamless Bay Area, Cyrus Hall and Lian Chang are some of the key advocates who made this win possible.
And we can’t forget the grassroots organizations that mobilized people for the iconic Transit Funeral and other ground-level activism. These include Safe Street Rebel, Kid Safe SF, and Telegraph for People.
What the press said:
- Transit Month is Taking Over the Bay Area (SFTR and SFMTA)
- September Is Bay Area Public Transit Month. By Assemblymember Phil Ting (SF Bay Times)
- Facing uncertain future, Bay Area agencies, advocates kick off Transit Month (SFBay)
- BART looks to regain some of its ridership as Transit Month kicks off (CBS Bay Area)
- Transit Month Event: Disability Access is for Everyone (Streetsblog)
- Celebrating Transit Month (SFCTA)
- Transit Advocates Celebrate Muni, Flaws and All (Public Press)
- SF Leaders Mark Transit Month by Riding Muni (SF Chronicle)
- Transit Month Begins (Streetsblog)
- East Bay’s Transit Month (Streetsblog)
- Rider First Awards (Streetsblog)
- Transit Month celebration doubles as call for better service, funding (SF Bay)
- Transit Month Set for September (Streetsblog)
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