Special Feature

2016 MTC Awards: Meet the Winners Overview

Since 1977, MTC has honored people and programs helping to move the Bay Area forward. And while our transportation network and travel patterns may have changed, the abundance of creativity and commitment to improving regional mobility continues.

Today MTC honors a select group of 13 winners. Many of our honorees have a noticeable focus on children, be it pioneering programs to create safer routes to school, the design and construction of an undercrossing for school kids across dangerous railroad tracks, the creation of a safe and reliable school bus system, or a mentoring program to introduce teenage girls to the world of transportation careers. Other programs help seniors, low-income residents and people with disabilities. The winning individuals and organizations represent a wide range of professions as well — a bus driver, an inventor, a bridge engineer, a pair of housing developers, a lawmaker, and a volunteer bike mechanic donating hundreds of hours of his own time to make a difference in others’ lives.

While acting separately across all corners of our region, the award winners are working toward a common goal: ensuring that Bay Area residents have access to safe, reliable transportation as well as to decent housing. Each has contributed time and talent to help keep the Bay Area moving. Thank you for joining us in honoring our 2016 winners.

Videos and Photo Galleries

MTC 2016 Awards: Billy Bradford

Billy Bradford acknowledges that acquiring old bikes, repairing them in his garage and then giving them away for free is a “bad business model,” but it’s what he loves doing. “I can’t fix all the problems (of the world), but I can fix bikes,” he said.

MTC 2016 Awards: Free South City Community Shuttle

The Free South San Francisco Community shuttle, operated by the city of South San Francisco, provides transportation services to students, as well as to low-income and disabled residents, after a major bus route was eliminated.

MTC 2016 Awards: Dr. Brian Maroney

Brian Maroney, who serves as Caltrans’ chief bridge engineer, has been a leader in the area of bridge seismic safety for 32 years and has worked on most of the bridges and transportation structures in the Bay Area.

Bill Bradford in his garage with bicycles and a vintage truck

MTC 2016 Award Winners

Meet the 15 people, projects and organizations that were honored for exceptional contributions to Bay Area transportation at this year's MTC Transportation Awards.

MTC 2016 Awards: Solano Mobility Management Programs

Solano Mobility, winner of a MTC Award of Merit, is a Solano Transportation Authority program that identifies and addresses the needs of seniors, disabled and low-income residents.

MTC 2016 Awards: Jose Macasocol

Jose Macasocol, a transit operator for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, receives the David Tannehill Special Employee Award for practicing safety and courtesy every day on the job as a bus driver.

MTC 2016 Awards: Dixon West B Street Undercrossing

One of this year's Award of Merit winners is the West B Street Undercrossing in the city of Dixon, which created a safe route under railroad tracks for students, disabled persons and other residents, and encourages walking and biking.

MTC 2016 Awards: Braile and Tactile Maps

Dr. Joshua Miele of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute and Greg Kehret of LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired invented Braille and tactile maps that allow blind and visually impaired persons to navigate in BART and Muni Metro stations.

MTC 2016 Awards: Deb Hubsmith

The 2016 Grand Award goes posthumously to Deb Hubsmith as a reminder of the impact that one passionate, tenacious individual can make.

MTC 2016 Awards: West County Transportation Agency

The West County Transportation Agency, a joint powers authority of 16 school districts in Sonoma County, was presented an Award of Merit for providing transportation for all students, including the disabled, in a safe and efficient manner.

MTC 2016 Awards: Golden Gate Bridge Moveable Median Barrier

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District was given a MTC Award of Merit for successfully installing the Moveable Median Barrier and making related traffic control improvements.

MTC 2016 Awards: Assemblyman Kevin Mullin

The Bay Area’s own Assembly Speaker pro Tempore, Kevin Mullin, is the recipient of the 2016 John F. Foran Legislative Award for authoring Assembly Bill 516 and carrying it across the finish line to be signed into law in July 2016 by Governor Brown.

MTC 2016 Awards: Transportation YOU

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Transportation YOU encourages girls to become interested in the field of transportation and to take math and science courses to fulfill that goal.

MidPen Housing and Eden Housing, Award of Merit

MidPen Housing and Eden Housing, two non-profit organizations, for providing affordable transit-oriented developments for low-income residents including families, the formerly homeless, disabled persons and seniors.

MTC Transportation Awards trophies sit on a table, each labelled with the name of the award presenter and winner.

MTC 2016 Transportation Awards Ceremony

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission presented 13 “Excellence in Motion” awards during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 26.