Transit Week: October 5 – 9, 2020

Transit is Essential

Transit is essential, even as it faces an existential crisis. During the shelter-in-place order, Muni ridership never went below 100,000 daily riders. Many of these riders are keeping hospitals, grocery stores, and other essential services going.

Join us this Transit Week in speaking up for transit!

In the lead-up to Transit week, here are three ways you can help:

1. Share Your Transit Story

We want to hear from you – we’ll even send you a t-shirt with our thanks! Share your story here.

  • Have you been riding Muni or BART or other Bay Area transit during the pandemic? What’s it been like?
  • Do you miss riding Muni, do you look forward to getting back on board?
  • What do you hope Muni is like in the future? How could it help you get around better? What could you achieve or access with public transit?

We want to hear all types of stories – small, big, visionary, routine. By sharing stories, we make sure decision-makers know how important public transit is when they’re figuring out budgets or ballot measures.

2. Stand Up for Strong Transit Recovery

If you’re part of a community organization or work for an employer who cares about accessibility, mobility, and sustainability, please sign our Transit Recovery Platform.

A strong transit recovery – essential to the recovery of our city, our region, our jobs – consists of three main things.

Transit Funding: Decades of underinvestment have left Muni vulnerable to breakdowns. Some neighborhoods get left far behind because of insufficient operating funds. Fares are too high, and are inequitable. This crisis has shown what happens when the bottom falls out. We need long-term, just, diverse sources of funding.

Transit Priority: When Muni is free from traffic, buses can make more runs, more quickly, serving more riders along the way. Transit priority means that people dependent on transit – around 150,000/day now on Muni – can get to their jobs and essential services faster and more efficiently. It means people are on buses for less time. It means access and mobility.

Safety & Cleanliness: We need to make sure all riders have masks, all operators are protected, and we need to keep buses and trains cleaner than ever due to the pandemic. We also need to find more creative ways to change the culture to one of safety and community, and rely less on armed police and enforcement. Help us create the safe, healthy transit culture we need for everyone’s benefit.

3. Nominate a hero for transit riders!

On Friday, October 9, at 5:00pm we will come together with local decision-makers, every-day riders and operators, activists, planners, and more to celebrate some of the people who have worked hard to make transit better this year.

If you know someone who has done great work for the benefit of transit riders in San Francisco this year – bus operators going the extra mile, improvements you noticed to your Muni experience, city workers who implemented a project or fought for an inclusive policy – please nominate them here.