OAKLAND, CA — When it comes to transportation, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) wants to know: What moves you? Is your bus driver exceptionally friendly and helpful? Has an organization in your community worked hard to boost smart growth, reduce harmful carbon emissions or encourage climate-friendly behavior? Are you wowed by local efforts to improve public transit service and encourage alternatives to driving alone? Now is your chance to nominate them for an MTC award.
MTC is the regional transportation planning agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, and its “Excellence in Motion” awards program recognizes individuals, projects and organizations that have had a positive impact on transportation in the region. The deadline for all nominations has been extended to Friday, May 14, 2010. Winners will be selected by a jury representing MTC and the community. Visit the MTC Web page at www.mtc.ca.gov/about_mtc/awards/ to submit an application online.
Past winners include Fannie Mae Barnes, who broke through long-entrenched gender barriers to become the first female cable car grip for San Francisco Muni; Palo Alto’s Gunn High School, recognized for its GO-FAST program that took on teen car culture and created incentives for students to walk, bike, carpool or use public transit; and the team behind the MacArthur Maze “miracle,” in which the key interchange was rebuilt in just 26 days following the catastrophic explosion of a gasoline tanker truck. Recognition has also gone to volunteers, community leaders and government employees dedicated to improving transportation for Bay Area residents.
For more information about the 2010 MTC Awards, call the MTC Public Information Office at (415) 778-6757. MTC is the transportation planning, funding and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
Karin Betts: (510) 817-5725
Catalina Alvarado: (510) 817-5783