Join us September 2022 to celebrate the role of transit in the Bay Area with events, rides, and prizes!

In our seventh annual event, we are yet again partnering with our friends at Seamless Bay Area to joyfully celebrate the buses, trains and people that make the wonderful transit system we all know and ride. You can look forward to a region-wide ride contest and prizes, a San Francisco Ride-Along and Rally with the Mayor and Board of Supervisors, our Rider First Awards Ceremony, and tons more exciting, transit-themed regional activities. September is also Rail Safety Month and an important opportunity to recognize and support all the workers who make our system safe and reliable.

Over the years through Transit Month (and formerly Transit Day and Transit Week), SFTR reached hundreds of riders at tabling Transit Hubs across the city. We held 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 last year, covering every transit agency in the Bay Area. With our Rider First Awards, we were able to highlight the work of key community advocates and transit planners working to make a real difference. Click here to nominate someone for a rider first award!

We hope you’ll join us for another successful and ride-filled month this September!

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. Prizes include a ride in a BART train cab, a tour of the Central Subway, a Muni tote bag, a signed Warriors jersey, and more!

Mark Your Calendar For Local and Regional Events Happening All Month Long!

September 21: BART Sound Tracks at Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza, 5pm

As part of BART’s 50th anniversary celebration, BART is bringing free live music to the Downtown Berkeley BART Station Plaza.

September 22: Lend Your Voice to Shape Downtown’s Transportation Future II, 12:30pm

Hosted by SPUR, this event will discuss San José’s Downtown Transportation Plan. Sign up here!

September 23: Bay Ferry Beer and Ride, 5:30pm

Celebrate Transit Month with a ferry-based pub crawl leaving from Downtown San Francisco in the early evening, with stops in Oakland and Alameda. A non-alcoholic itinerary will also be provided. Hosted by Water Emergency Transportation AuthoritySign up here!

September 27: Transit Hubs, Irving St. & 8th, 4-6pm

Come show your support for public transit and your fellow transit riders at SFTR’s Transit Hubs, where we give out free transit-themed swag to celebrate riders during Transit Month! Each transit hub will take place from 4-6pm. On Sept. 27, we will meet at Irving St. & 8th. Want to go even further? Volunteer here!

September 27: Stuttering Stories Across San Francisco, 7pm

Proud Stutter and Booksmith are proud to present a special event that puts a spotlight on stuttering and verbal diversity. In “Stuttering Stories Across San Francisco,” hear from people who stutter living and working in San Francisco talking about their stuttering experience and how we can all collaborate to understand that stuttering is just a different way of talking. Panelists include Dustin Wells, MUNI Driver, Nina G, comedian, Sebastian Scala, owner of Tony Nik’s and Proud Stutter’s Maya Chupkov, who will moderate. RSVP here!

September 28: Total Transit 2022 Challenge, All day

San Francisco Chronicle journalists Heather Knight and Peter Hartlaub will attempt to ride as many of the Bay Area’s 27 transit agencies as possible – and have put out a challenge to anyone in the Bay Area to do the same during the month of September. The Chronicle expects to create a leaderboard where riders can log their journeys. Listen to learn more!

September 28: BART Sound Tracks at El Cerrito del Norte, 5pm

As part of BART’s 50th anniversary celebration, BART is bringing free live music to the El Cerrito del Norte Station.

September 29: San Jose State Students Transit Ride-Along, 4:45pm-7pm

Join San Jose State Associated Students and SJSU leaders to celebrate public transit and the BayPass all agency transit pass pilot. Meet up at SJSU on 9th street at the corner of the Industrial Studies building around 4:45, or join the gathering at 5:30pm at Cahill park for snacks, speeches, trivia and giveaways. Hosted by San Jose State University and Seamless Bay Area. Sign up here!

October 7: Rider First Awards Ceremony

The Rider First Awards cap off a month of events, rallies, and our Transit Ride Contest. Come see old friends and make new ones, with a great group of people who believe in the power of public transit! Register here! Hosted by San Francisco Transit Riders (SFTR) and Seamless Bay Area. Don’t forget to nominate awardees.

See all past events!

September 3-10: BART’s Throwback Arcade, 9am-5pm
As part of BART’s 50th anniversary celebration, vintage arcade games will be set up for free play in the free area at Powell St. Station. The event is a throwback to 1976, when BART partnered with Atari to place video games at Powell. BART has rented 4 vintage, full-size arcade games; Pong, Pac-Man, Asteroids and Galaga.

September 3-10: Volunteer to get out the vote for “Yes on L!”
Sign up to volunteer with Prop L to build better the roads and transit! Various times and dates available, so see them all here and sign up to advocate for better roads and transit! Sign up here!

September 7: San Francisco Ride Along & Rally, 8am
Come show your support for public transit and your fellow transit riders at SFTR’s Ride Along & Rally, which also marks our Transit Month Kick-Off Event! You’ll meet up with other riders, city leaders, SFTR members, and more at locations across the city to ride Muni together to City Hall, where we’ll have speakers contextualize the state of public transit today and set the stage for our engagement on all things transit for the rest of September. Ride begins at 8am, Rally at City Hall at 9am. Attendees include Mayor London Breed, Senator Scott Wiener, and Assemblymember Matt Haney. Sign up for your pick-up location here!

September 7: UC Berkeley Transit Forum, 9am-2pm
UC Berkeley, AC Transit, and Amtrak will be promoting services, programs, and information geared to understanding transit options in and around the campus. Hosted by UC Berkeley Parking & Transportation.

September 9: Transit Hubs, 3rd & Palou, 4-6pm
Come show your support for public transit and your fellow transit riders at SFTR’s Transit Hubs, where we give out free transit-themed swag to celebrate riders during Transit Month! Each transit hub will take place from 4-6pm. On Sept. 9, we will meet at 3rd & Palou. Want to go even further? Volunteer here!

September 10: BART’s 50th Birthday Party Family Fun Festival, 11am-4pm
The Family Fun Festival at Lake Merritt Station Plaza is free to the public and will include food trucks, music, games, prizes, and the opening of a time capsule. Sign up here!

September 10: International Green Transportation and Energy Summit, 8am-2pm
Help fight climate change! Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Federal Transit Administrator Nuria Fernandez will share their climate change thoughts keynoting the Rotary International Foundation’s September 10 Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group’s International Green Transportation and Energy Summit. Register here!

September 11: Cable Car Museum Tour, 11am
Did you know that  the San Francisco Cable Car System is the world’s last manually operated cable car system? Join YPT for a tour around the museum and receive a complimentary cable car ticket! Get your ticket here!

September 12: The Risky Business of Transportation Megaprojects, 12pm
Hosted by SPUR, this event will discuss the challenges the Bay Area’s transportation projects face, what the MAP actually does and how to situate it in the context of other plans and policies. Sign up here

September 13: Transit Hubs, Mission & 24th, 4-6pm
Come show your support for public transit and your fellow transit riders at SFTR’s Transit Hubs, where we give out free transit-themed swag to celebrate riders during Transit Month! Each transit hub will take place from 4-6pm. On Sept. 13, we will meet at Mission & 24th. Want to go even further? Volunteer here!

September 15: San Francisco Safe Routes to School Transit Day
Students and schools can celebrate Transit Day any day that week (Sept 12-16). Students are invited to participate individually and support their school’s event by pledging to ride Muni at least once in the week of Sept 12-16 (Join in by taking the pledge here!). Schools registered for the event will receive incentives for organizers and participants, an activation toolkit, and be eligible for prizes based on the number of students who pledge to participate. Any school staff, parent, or student group can register to organize their school’s event (Register your school here!). 

September 16: All Aboard with Transit CEOs, 3pm 
Join the General Managers/CEOs from various Bay Area transit agencies as they ride multiple modes of transit together, ending with a public happy hour at Line21 Brewery in Oakland. Hosted by BART, along with SFMTA, AC Transit, SamTrans, VTA, WETA, Marin Transit, County Connection, Golden Gate Transit, MTC, WestCAT, Tri Delta Transit, and Seamless. Sign up here!

September 17: “Yes on L” Kickoff and Lit Drop, 11am
Join SFTR and advocates across the city to kick off the field campaign for Measure L the Better roads and transit measure on the ballot this November. This measure, which is not a new tax, would provide essential transit investments throughout the city. Register here!

September 17: East Bay Transit Month Rally, 12pm
Join us in promoting the use of transit to Cal students and East Bay residents at the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Hosted by Telegraph for People, Genesis, and East Bay Transit Riders.

September 17: Pacific Bus Museum Tour, immediately following East Bay Transit Month Rally
Explore the Bay Area’s transit past with a guided tour of the Pacific Bus Museum, a volunteer-run organization dedicated to preserving transit’s history located in Fremont. You will have a guided tour of preserved historic buses, visit a large archive of transit-related memorabilia, and enjoy a ride on one of the museum’s buses driven by one of its volunteers. Hosted by Pacific Bus Museum and San Francisco Transit Riders. Register here!

September 17: BART to Bike: MLK Shoreline Connectivity Ride, 2pm
Come join Greenbelt Alliance, TransForm, and East Oakland Collective as we bike from Fruitvale BART to the Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline as part of September’s Transit Month. Join us to explore this beautiful setting while also talking about ways we can expand safe access to the shoreline via bicycle and transit. Sign up here!

September 18: 2022 San Mateo County Transit Month Ride Along and Rally
Join Friends of Caltrain, Seamless Bay Area, Transbay Coalition, and San Mateo County leaders to celebrate bay area Transit Month! Meet up in Downtown San Mateo to join a “ride along” by SamTrans bus and Caltrain, showcasing local transit. And/or join us for a gathering at 1:45pm at Washington Park in Burlingame for snacks, speeches, trivia and giveaways. We will be joined by Burlingame Councilwoman and San Mateo County Transportation Authority Board Director Emily Beach, among others!

September 19: Transit Hubs, West Portal, 4-6pm
Come show your support for public transit and your fellow transit riders at SFTR’s Transit Hubs, where we give out free transit-themed swag to celebrate riders during Transit Month! Each transit hub will take place from 4-6pm. On Sept. 19, we will meet at West Portal. Want to go even further? Volunteer here!

September 21: BART Sound Tracks at Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza, 5pm
As part of BART’s 50th anniversary celebration, BART is bringing free live music to the Downtown Berkeley BART Station Plaza.

September 22: Lend Your Voice to Shape Downtown’s Transportation Future II, 12:30pm 
Hosted by SPUR, this event will discuss San José’s Downtown Transportation Plan. Sign up here!

September is also:

Sonoma County Transit Month

SoTRU invites you to celebrate and uplift transit with us this month! You can take the Transit Challenge, look for our Transit Team volunteers at the transit mall, join us for ride-alongs with elected officials, and take our survey online or in-person to enter our raffle to win clipper cards and other prizes.

Rail Safety Month

Capitol Corridor partners each September with California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) and other agencies for Rail Safety Month and Rail Safety Week (September 20-26, 2021.) The California State Legislature proclaimed September as Rail Safety Month 12 years ago in 2009 to recognize the need for rail safety education across the state. 

Mark Your Calendar For Local and Regional Events Happening All Month Long!

September 23: Bay Ferry Beer and Ride, 5:30pm
Celebrate Transit Month with a ferry-based pub crawl leaving from Downtown San Francisco in the early evening, with stops in Oakland and Alameda. A non-alcoholic itinerary will also be provided. Hosted by Water Emergency Transportation Authority. Sign up here!

September 27: Transit Hubs, Irving St. & 8th, 4-6pm 
Come show your support for public transit and your fellow transit riders at SFTR’s Transit Hubs, where we give out free transit-themed swag to celebrate riders during Transit Month! Each transit hub will take place from 4-6pm. On Sept. 27, we will meet at Irving St. & 8th. Want to go even further? Volunteer here!

September 27: Stuttering Stories Across San Francisco, 7pm
Proud Stutter and Booksmith are proud to present a special event that puts a spotlight on stuttering and verbal diversity. In “Stuttering Stories Across San Francisco,” hear from people who stutter living and working in San Francisco talking about their stuttering experience and how we can all collaborate to understand that stuttering is just a different way of talking. Panelists include Dustin Wells, MUNI Driver, Nina G, comedian, Sebastian Scala, owner of Tony Nik’s and Proud Stutter’s Maya Chupkov, who will moderate. RSVP here!

September 28: Total Transit 2022 Challenge, All day
San Francisco Chronicle journalists Heather Knight and Peter Hartlaub will attempt to ride as many of the Bay Area’s 27 transit agencies as possible – and have put out a challenge to anyone in the Bay Area to do the same during the month of September. The Chronicle expects to create a leaderboard where riders can log their journeys. Listen to learn more!

September 28: BART Sound Tracks at El Cerrito del Norte, 5pm
As part of BART’s 50th anniversary celebration, BART is bringing free live music to the El Cerrito del Norte Station.

September 29: San Jose State Students Transit Ride-Along, 4:45pm-7pm
Join San Jose State Associated Students and SJSU leaders to celebrate public transit and the BayPass all agency transit pass pilot. Meet up at SJSU on 9th street at the corner of the Industrial Studies building around 4:45, or join the gathering at 5:30pm at Cahill park for snacks, speeches, trivia and giveaways. Hosted by San Jose State University and Seamless Bay Area. Sign up here!

October 7: Rider First Awards Ceremony, 6:30pm
Join San Francisco Transit Riders, Seamless Bay Area and TWU Local 250a 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. Register here!

See all past events!

September 3-10: BART’s Throwback Arcade, 9am-5pm
As part of BART’s 50th anniversary celebration, vintage arcade games will be set up for free play in the free area at Powell St. Station. The event is a throwback to 1976, when BART partnered with Atari to place video games at Powell. BART has rented 4 vintage, full-size arcade games; Pong, Pac-Man, Asteroids and Galaga.

September 3-10: Volunteer to get out the vote for “Yes on L!”
Sign up to volunteer with Prop L to build better the roads and transit! Various times and dates available, so see them all here and sign up to advocate for better roads and transit! Sign up here!

September 7: San Francisco Ride Along & Rally, 8am
Come show your support for public transit and your fellow transit riders at SFTR’s Ride Along & Rally, which also marks our Transit Month Kick-Off Event! You’ll meet up with other riders, city leaders, SFTR members, and more at locations across the city to ride Muni together to City Hall, where we’ll have speakers contextualize the state of public transit today and set the stage for our engagement on all things transit for the rest of September. Ride begins at 8am, Rally at City Hall at 9am. Attendees include Mayor London Breed, Senator Scott Wiener, and Assemblymember Matt Haney. Sign up for your pick-up location here!

September 7: UC Berkeley Transit Forum, 9am-2pm
UC Berkeley, AC Transit, and Amtrak will be promoting services, programs, and information geared to understanding transit options in and around the campus. Hosted by UC Berkeley Parking & Transportation.

September 9: Transit Hubs, 3rd & Palou, 4-6pm
Come show your support for public transit and your fellow transit riders at SFTR’s Transit Hubs, where we give out free transit-themed swag to celebrate riders during Transit Month! Each transit hub will take place from 4-6pm. On Sept. 9, we will meet at 3rd & Palou. Want to go even further? Volunteer here!

September 10: BART’s 50th Birthday Party Family Fun Festival, 11am-4pm
The Family Fun Festival at Lake Merritt Station Plaza is free to the public and will include food trucks, music, games, prizes, and the opening of a time capsule. Sign up here!

September 10: International Green Transportation and Energy Summit, 8am-2pm
Help fight climate change! Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Federal Transit Administrator Nuria Fernandez will share their climate change thoughts keynoting the Rotary International Foundation’s September 10 Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group’s International Green Transportation and Energy Summit. Register here!

September 11: Cable Car Museum Tour, 11am
Did you know that  the San Francisco Cable Car System is the world’s last manually operated cable car system? Join YPT for a tour around the museum and receive a complimentary cable car ticket! Get your ticket here!

September 12: The Risky Business of Transportation Megaprojects, 12pm
Hosted by SPUR, this event will discuss the challenges the Bay Area’s transportation projects face, what the MAP actually does and how to situate it in the context of other plans and policies. Sign up here

September 13: Transit Hubs, Mission & 24th, 4-6pm
Come show your support for public transit and your fellow transit riders at SFTR’s Transit Hubs, where we give out free transit-themed swag to celebrate riders during Transit Month! Each transit hub will take place from 4-6pm. On Sept. 13, we will meet at Mission & 24th. Want to go even further? Volunteer here!

September 15: San Francisco Safe Routes to School Transit Day
Students and schools can celebrate Transit Day any day that week (Sept 12-16). Students are invited to participate individually and support their school’s event by pledging to ride Muni at least once in the week of Sept 12-16 (Join in by taking the pledge here!). Schools registered for the event will receive incentives for organizers and participants, an activation toolkit, and be eligible for prizes based on the number of students who pledge to participate. Any school staff, parent, or student group can register to organize their school’s event (Register your school here!). 

September 16: All Aboard with Transit CEOs, 3pm 
Join the General Managers/CEOs from various Bay Area transit agencies as they ride multiple modes of transit together, ending with a public happy hour at Line21 Brewery in Oakland. Hosted by BART, along with SFMTA, AC Transit, SamTrans, VTA, WETA, Marin Transit, County Connection, Golden Gate Transit, MTC, WestCAT, Tri Delta Transit, and Seamless. Sign up here!

September 17: “Yes on L” Kickoff and Lit Drop, 11am
Join SFTR and advocates across the city to kick off the field campaign for Measure L the Better roads and transit measure on the ballot this November. This measure, which is not a new tax, would provide essential transit investments throughout the city. Register here!

September 17: East Bay Transit Month Rally, 12pm
Join us in promoting the use of transit to Cal students and East Bay residents at the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Hosted by Telegraph for People, Genesis, and East Bay Transit Riders.

September 17: Pacific Bus Museum Tour, immediately following East Bay Transit Month Rally
Explore the Bay Area’s transit past with a guided tour of the Pacific Bus Museum, a volunteer-run organization dedicated to preserving transit’s history located in Fremont. You will have a guided tour of preserved historic buses, visit a large archive of transit-related memorabilia, and enjoy a ride on one of the museum’s buses driven by one of its volunteers. Hosted by Pacific Bus Museum and San Francisco Transit Riders. Register here!

September 17: BART to Bike: MLK Shoreline Connectivity Ride, 2pm
Come join Greenbelt Alliance, TransForm, and East Oakland Collective as we bike from Fruitvale BART to the Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline as part of September’s Transit Month. Join us to explore this beautiful setting while also talking about ways we can expand safe access to the shoreline via bicycle and transit. Sign up here!

September 18: 2022 San Mateo County Transit Month Ride Along and Rally
Join Friends of Caltrain, Seamless Bay Area, Transbay Coalition, and San Mateo County leaders to celebrate bay area Transit Month! Meet up in Downtown San Mateo to join a “ride along” by SamTrans bus and Caltrain, showcasing local transit. And/or join us for a gathering at 1:45pm at Washington Park in Burlingame for snacks, speeches, trivia and giveaways. We will be joined by Burlingame Councilwoman and San Mateo County Transportation Authority Board Director Emily Beach, among others!

September 19: Transit Hubs, West Portal, 4-6pm
Come show your support for public transit and your fellow transit riders at SFTR’s Transit Hubs, where we give out free transit-themed swag to celebrate riders during Transit Month! Each transit hub will take place from 4-6pm. On Sept. 19, we will meet at West Portal. Want to go even further? Volunteer here!

September 21: BART Sound Tracks at Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza, 5pm
As part of BART’s 50th anniversary celebration, BART is bringing free live music to the Downtown Berkeley BART Station Plaza.

September 22: Lend Your Voice to Shape Downtown’s Transportation Future II, 12:30pm 
Hosted by SPUR, this event will discuss San José’s Downtown Transportation Plan. Sign up here!

September is also: 

Sonoma County Transit Month
SoTRU invites you to celebrate and uplift transit with us this month
! You can take the Transit Challenge, look for our Transit Team volunteers at the transit mall, join us for ride-alongs with elected officials, and take our survey online or in-person to enter our raffle to win clipper cards and other prizes. 

Rail Safety Month
Capitol Corridor
partners each September with California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) and other agencies for Rail Safety Month and Rail Safety Week (September 20-26, 2021.) The California State Legislature proclaimed September as Rail Safety Month 12 years ago in 2009 to recognize the need for rail safety education across the state. 

This year’s Ride & Rally was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who rode with us and celebrated our city’s transit!

This year’s attendees included Mayor London Breed, Senator Scott Wiener, SFMTA’s Jeffrey Tumlin, nine Supervisors, and riders from across San Francisco who met up with our city’s leaders and rode together to City Hall! There, we discussed the importance of transit and the most pressing issue facing Muni today: the funding needed to restore the service we’ve lost as a result of the pandemic, which is why we need to pass Prop L this November.

Our Ride & Rally in the News:

Muni’s Path Forward, Mayor London Breed

Transit Month, Campaign for Prop. L Begins, Streetsblog SF

Listen: The San Francisco Bay Ferry rises again, SF Chronicle

Mc Allen, the bus driver, wants to keep people moving, SF Standard

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