Congratulations to our Riders First Award Winners!

Mike Delia — Award for Outstanding Operator of the Year

While some of us may ride on MUNI, far fewer can say they’ve moved across the country for the system. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Mike said it was always his dream to become a transit operator. He began driving transit to help put himself through college, and then applied to MUNI with an explicit desire to drive some of the “older stuff” in the agency’s legacy fleet.

Melody Starling — Award for Spearheading Innovative Youth Engagement Efforts at BART

In her time as the Youth Transit Ambassador at BART, Melody has made an outstanding impact on the transit agency. She is currently leading the agency’s efforts to engage youth riders in a myriad of ways, from designing creative BART mascots to tabling at Bay Area conventions and gatherings. Melody is helping run BART’s call for anime artists, which has received more than 500 submissions, and working to design unique mascots that engage a younger audience of transit riders. As a part-time consultant, Melody is growing awareness about BART, building trust in public institutions, and working to bring youth into decision-making processes.

SFMTA Transit Scheduling Team Planners — Award for Swiftly Adapting MUNI schedules to Meet Rider Needs

Rebuilding a transit schedule is a complex process with many moving parts and doing so multiple times over a short period is no small feat. Yet this is what the SFMTA Transit Scheduling Team has done numerous times to better match the needs of riders and transit operators alike. (Need more information)

William Bacon and Michael Eiseman — Award for Leadership in Fare Integration and Developing the BayPass Pilot Program

The BayPass Pilot Program is a pioneering initiative launched in August of this year. Through the program some 50,000 students at UC Berkeley, SF State University, San Jose State University, and Santa Rosa Junior College are being provided with free, unlimited travel throughout the Bay Area for a 2-year duration.

Darrell Owens — Award for Superb East Bay Transit Advocacy

Darrell has been an outspoken advocate for equitable and robust transit policies in the East Bay. A transit rider himself and member of the East Bay Riders Union, Darrell has been vocal in his support for service restoration following the COVID-19 pandemic, most notably AC Transit Line 80 which ran along Ashby Avenue..

Pam Foley — Outstanding Elected Official Award

As San Jose City Council Member for the 9th District, Pam Foley has been staunch in prioritizing safe streets in her vision for the city. Chair of San Jose’s Vision Zero task force, Pam strongly presses for a built environment conducive for children, bicyclists, and individuals with mobility issues.

SJSU Transportation Team (Tiffany Rodriguez & Tiffany Martinez) — Award for Supporting Sustainable and Affordable Student Mobility

The San Jose State University Transportation Team has played a significant role in advancing student mobility.

Hayden Miller — Award for Remarkable Youth Transit Advocacy

Hayden has been an incredible force for good for transportation projects in San Francisco and beyond. A key pillar of Transit Twitter, he keeps equity in mind in discussions over routing and stop locations. His public comments reverb across the Zoom audio nearly every SFMTA meeting, and now he advocates for walkability and public transportation on the San Francisco Youth Commission. Working alongside fellow transit advocates through grassroot advocacy, Hayden has worked to ensure critical Muni bus lines that were suspended during the pandemic are restored, additionally seeking to make permanent over 15 miles of new transit lanes created during the pandemic.

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