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MTC Awards

Grand Award

Awarded 1977-present

2014Mary King, Chair, Bay Bridge Design Task Force

2012 • Ed Roberts Campus

2010 • Transportation Education for the Next Generation

  • Cool the Earth
  • Marin County’s Safe Routes to Schools
  • Street Smarts
  • Cycles of Change

2008 • MacArthur Maze “Miracle”

  • Caltrans District 4

2006San Francisco Street Renaissance

  • Octavia Boulevard
  • San Jose Avenue/Guerrero Street
  • Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association
  • San Jose/Guerrero Coalition to Save Our Streets
  • SF Department of Parking and Traffic
  • SF Department of Public Works

2004 • Traveling at approximately 79 miles per hour and making only four stops along their route, Caltrain's Baby Bullet trains deliver up to 142 passengers and 16 bicycles on their daily trips between San Francisco and San Jose. This year's Grand Award went to the ten high-speed locomotives that increased Caltrain ridership by approximately three percent and heralded a new era for weekday commuters by decreasing the Peninsula commute to just 57 minutes.

2002 • In 1999, Michael Burns took over the reigns at troubled San Francisco Muni, stepping up to the enormous challenge of restoring riders' confidence and reclaiming pride for the agency. The proof of his success is in the numbers: In just a few short years, safety peformance has improved by 20 percent, while on-time performance has gone from 47 percent to over 70 percent.

2001The MTC Awards are now held on a biennial basis and occur in even-ending years.

2000 • In response to explosive growth on the Peninsula, the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) devised their Transit-Oriented Development Incentive Program, which encourages municipalities to locate new residential projects within a one-third mile radius of BART and Caltrain stations by offering them a financial inducement. These funds (provided by the State Transportaion Incentive Program) can then be used for transportation projects in the city or county jurisdiction, effectively tying housing and transportation together.

1999 • The Forest Hill Adopt-A-Muni program, headed by San Francisco citizen Joe Blue, was a first-of-its-kind effort that restored and beautified the dilapidated Forest Hill Muni station.

1998Strobridge Court, designed by San Francisco-based BRIDGE Housing Corporation, is an affordable housing complex built at the Castro Valley BART station. Founder Don Terner planned to provide high quality, low-income housing and the project was a success.

1997 •The San Francisco Chronicle, KRON-TV, BayTV, and KQED-FM were recognized for publishing the weekly "Commuter Chronicles" series, and for conducting and broadcasting public town hall meetings on hot transportation issues around the Bay.

1996 • The cooperative efforts of San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni), Muni's Accessibility Advisory Committee, the nonprofit Market Street Railway, and Transit Workers Union Local 250-A brought the historic F-Market Streetcar Line to life. Seventeen vividly restored 1930s-era streetcars were inaugurated in 1996 and now run on San Francisco's bustling Market Street artery.

1995 • This year's Grand Award winner was the Santa Clara County Traffic Authority, in recognition of its early completely of Measure A highway projects and its innovative solutions to budget and schedule problems that could have held up the projects.

1994Jerry Morissette acted as a guardian angel to the Crystal Springs Rest Area on Interstate 280, transforming it from a seedy and neglected area into a sparkling and fresh garden tribute to Father Junipero Serra, whose statue graces the rest area.

1993 • Activist Arabella Martinez received the 1993 Grand Award for her instrumental contributions to the development of the Fruitvale BART transit village, a community center that includes a public plaza connecting the Fruitvale BART Station to the East 14th Street commercial strip, affordable housing units, and space for social service agencies and cultural facilities.

1992Caltrans' Division of Rail implemented the Capitol Corridor train service, California's first new regional intercity trains in more than a decade and the first local service between the Bay Area and Sacramento in 29 years.

1991 • This year's Grand Award went to AC Transit Employees for successfully implementing the Comprehensive Service Plan, a complete redesign of bus routes and a restructuring of service to better meet the needs of the East Bay.

1990 • When the Loma Prieta earthquake severed the greater Santa Cruz area from its surroundings, pilots John McAvoy and Bill Dunn of the Reid-Hillview Airport Pilot’s Association organized a massive air-bridge from San Jose to Watsonville and airlifted crucial emergency supplies into Santa Cruz County.

1989Bay Area voters overwhelmingly supported and approved Regional Measure 1, which called on MTC to set uniform tolls on the region's state-owned bridges and to use the revenue to finance bridge improvement and expansion, as well as rail transit improvements intended to ease bridge congestion. The Grand Award was accepted by state Senator Bill Lockyer and campaign manager Jim Bourgart.

1988 • The BART-SamTrans Rail Extension Agreement receive 1988's Grand Award. This agreement was crucial to meaning BART expansion in both the South and East Bay. Special recognition was given to several individuals whose efforts were instrumental in helping secure the agreement: Commissioner Joseph Duffel of the California Transportation Commission (CTC); Linda Boblinger, CTC staff member; and John Lawrence, administrative assistant to Congressman George Miller.

1987Marin County Rideshare Programs were recognized and honored this year, acknowledging the work of Fairfax Councilwoman Wendy Baker and Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District rideshare coordinator Dee Struick for their creativity and enthusiasm in promoting rideshare contests and programs, and for their role in increasing rideshare and carpooling ridership in Marin County.

1986 • The Market Street Transit Thoroughfare was dramatically transformed from a two-lane to a four-lane transit thoroughfare, with 16 new islands that doubled the number of access points to Muni service, improved passenger information and updated transit schedules. Many city employees and private citizens contributed to the planning of the redesign, three of which were individually recognized: Glenn Erikson of the city, Carl Natvig of Muni, and Lee Knight of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

1985 • The Committee for Traffic Relief helped pass Santa Clara County’s Measure A, which allowed for a ½ -cent sales tax increase to generate funds for three highway improvements that might have otherwise gone unfunded.

1984 • San Francisco's Cable Car Reconstruction Project made dramatic improvements to the 100-year-old cable car system on time and within budget. The cable car barn and 69 city blocks of underground support structures were completely rebuilt, and 35 cable cars were fully rehabilitated.

1984 • In the face of rapid industrial expansion, the Guadalupe Light Rail Project helped reduce traffic congestion by providing 21 miles of light rail in Santa Clara County to connect residences with Silicon Valley industries.

1983Willie L. Brown, Jr., Speaker of the California Assembly, received the Grand Award for his leadership, guidance and support of transportation programs and their financing, particularly transportation for the disadvantaged.

1982Miriam Gholikely, member of SamTrans Board of Directors, was honored with the Grand Award for her many years as a transit advocate for elderly and handicapped persons, transit dependents and minorities.

1981Kitty Cone, Director of Public Affairs at the Center for Independent Living, received the award this year for her efforts in promoting extended transit service for those riders who are wheelchair dependent.

1981 • This year's award for an organization was given to the Joint Institutional Transportation Brokers Association, a group which was created to propose ridesharing and reduce the impact of vehicles in San Francisco residential neighborhoods.

1980 • The Santa Clara County Manufacturing Group puts forward the first major effort by business to find and implement solutions to transportation problems in Santa Clara County and is awarded the Grand Award in appreciation of their efforts.

1980Charles Van Housen, resident of Fairfield and activist for elderly and disabled transportation, was awarded the Grand Award for his work in public transportation advocacy.

1979Sara Conner received the Grand Award for her work in advocating public transportation at state, regional and local levels. Highlights of her activities include board membership of RIDES for Bay Area Commuters and chairing the Committee for Funding of Public Transit for the Hayward Transportation Consortium.

1978John T. Mauro, General Manager of the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), received the Grand Award for his role in the design and implementation of the Southern Pacific Commuter Discount Program, and for his exceptional leadership in developing SamTrans into a cohesive transit system that is a vital part of the region's transit network.

1977 • The People of Santa Clara County are awarded the first MTC Grand Award for their passage of a half -cent sales tax for public transit in the county.