For Immediate Release
MTC Honors Contributions to Bay Area Transportation
Fourteen Recognized for "Excellence in Motion"
Oakland, CA, October 23, 2012 ...People, projects and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to Bay Area transportation will be honored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Wednesday, Oct. 24, during the “Excellence in Motion” awards ceremony. The ceremony, open to the public, is preceded by a reception at 8:30 a.m., with the awards presentation by MTC commissioners beginning at 9 a.m., at Nile Hall in Preservation Park at 668 13th Street in Oakland. The 2012 program marks the 35th anniversary of the Excellence in Motion awards, which began in 1977.
Ed Roberts Campus (Photo: Noah Berger)
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
Dorothy Dugger (Photo: BART Communications Dept.)
Chloe Cook (Photo: Noah Berger)
Roger Matoba (Photo: Noah Berger)
Genentech’s gRide program (Photo: Noah Berger)
Google's Transportation Services (Photo: Noah Berger)
Oracle's Bay Area Commute Program (Photo: Noah Berger)
SFpark (Photo: Noah Berger)
Sunday Streets (Photo: Karl Nielsen)
Steven Grover (Photo: Noah Berger)
Sunol Grade (Photo: Noah Berger)
The 2012 Grand Award goes to the Ed Roberts Campus for its extraordinary contribution to the disabled community. The campus, using universal design principles, provides the disabled access to services in a transit-oriented location at the Ashby BART station in Berkeley. Seven disability service and advocacy organizations that were formerly spread around the East Bay are now housed in the Center, along with several other tenants that serve the disabled community.
The Bay Area’s own U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is the recipient of the 2012 John F. Foran Legislative Award for her tenacious leadership in securing the passage of the nation’s new surface transportation law, MAP-21, or “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.” The bill, signed by President Obama on July 6, 2012, authorizes $105 billion for highway and transit programs through FY 2014.
“Our 2012 award winners each went the extra mile to make improvements that benefit the Bay Area,” commented MTC Chair and San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier.
Following is a brief summary of the individual award winners.
Greta Ericson Distinguished Service Award—Dorothy Dugger
David Tannehill Special Employee Award—Chloe Cook, West Marin Senior Services
Miriam Gholikely Public Service Award—Roger Matoba
In addition to the awards named in honor of outstanding individuals in Bay Area transportation, MTC will also present the following Awards of Merit.
Award of Merit – Genentech’s gRide Program, Google’s Transportation Services and Oracle’s Bay Area Commute Program
At Google’s Mountain View campus, almost half of the employees arrive at work without driving alone. One-third of “Googlers” are on board one of the 105 Wi-Fi-enabled shuttle buses. Other employees practice “self-powered” commuting by bicycling or walking to campus, thereby earning “stamps” that are turned into dollars to donate to their favorite charity. On campus, the car-sharing fleet includes the latest electric and plug-in vehicles.
At Oracle, with four Bay Area locations, 35 percent of employees are eligible to telecommute and, using the company’s software, can see and talk to their co-workers through a computer interface, making them as efficient at home as in the office. Oracle also offers shuttles from nearby transit stations, preferential parking for carpools, online ride-matching, bicycle lockers and an emergency ride home program
Award of Merit - New Ways to Park & Play – SFpark and San Francisco Sunday Streets
SFpark is improving the quality of life for San Francisco residents and visitors by increasing the availability and predictability of parking, freeing the streets from circling drivers and double-parked cars. At SFpark’s website – or with a mobile app – drivers can receive real-time information about available parking. The pilot program covers eight areas of the city in major transit corridors with heavy traffic volumes. Longer parking times are also available and hourly fees vary based on current demand. The Award of Merit for SFpark is presented to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which runs the program.
Sharing the Award of Merit is San Francisco’s Sunday Streets, a program which closes particular neighborhoods to motor vehicle traffic on Sundays, creating vibrant car-free public spaces to promote community interaction. Sunday Streets programs often include free bike repairs and rentals, dance classes, a skating rink and other exercise opportunities. Sunday Streets began in 2008 with two events and in 2012 expanded to ten events throughout the city. The Award of Merit is shared by Livable City, the fiscal sponsor and manager of the program, and SFMTA, the lead city agency behind Sunday Streets.
Award of Merit—Steven Grover and BikeLink
Previously, BART’s bicycle locker system called for rental of lockers on an annual basis, leaving them empty much of the time and used inappropriately at other times. Grover’s eLockers can be rented on a first-come, first-served basis; payment is made with the swipe of an electronic “BikeLink” card. Bicyclists now park their bicycles for the time needed, as motorists do with parking meters, paying just pennies per hour. BikeLink has blossomed in the Bay Area, with over 1,700 spaces in 98 Bay Area locations, from Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz, and has spread to 28 other locations nationwide. Grover is a Berkeley-based architect, engineer, inventor and bicycle enthusiast.
Award of Merit—Sunol Grade Express Lane Project
Awards of Merit for the project, which is the result of the work of a coalition of agencies, go to the Alameda County Transportation Commission, California Department of Transportation and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
MTC is the regional transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. For additional information on the awards program, visit our website at www.mtc.ca.gov/about_mtc/awards/.
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