“Make Transit Awesome” Campaign Crosses Finish Line Tomorrow

CampaignBannerTomorrow, Thursday, the San Francisco Transit Riders (SFTR) group wraps up its “Make Transit Awesome” Indiegogo campaign.

A crowd-sourcing campaign is usually not all that noteworthy, except in this case it’s for a cause near-and-dear to Streetsblog readers. The SF Transit Riders have been instrumental in getting things such as transit-only lanes on Mission, encouraging (or perhaps shaming is the right word) San Francisco’s politicians to ride Muni, and getting all-door boarding, which they promoted as a pilot program back in 2011. A whole lot of the Muni improvements we’ve seen in the past few years can be traced back to an SFTR campaign.

SFTRU wants everyone on Muni to get where They're going in 30 minutes or less. Photo: Aaron Bialick.
SFTR wants everyone to get where they’re going in 30 minutes or less. Photo: Aaron Bialick.

And Andy Bosselman, an SF Transit Riders advocate, is a regular voice on the pages of Streetsblog, where he’s written about everything from Clipper card discounts to calling out Mayor Lee for his lack of action on the Transbay Caltrain link. Their slogans are ubiquitous, such as with the “Keep Mission Red” campaign to protect the transit-only lanes from pushback from merchants. They’re also working on a plan called 30-30. “The idea is that anyone can get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ in 30 minute by public transit,” said Thea Selby, chair of the groups executive board, at an event that kicked off the campaign. They want to achieve that goal by 2030. 

The organization, which is all-volunteer, started back in 2010. And, given its long list of accomplishments, we won’t be surprised if they succeed in that ambitious 30-30 plan. But they want to transform from a volunteer group into a not-for-profit with a staff and offices with people who work full-time on making transit awesome. The Indiegogo campaign is a tiny start towards that goal. And as of publication time, they are only $900 shy of their $25,000 goal. So give what you can and let us know what you’d like to see improved on San Francisco transit.

Anthony Ryan displays a banner from a Transit Riders campaign to keep transit-only lanes on Mission. Photo: Streetsblog.
Anthony Ryan displays a banner from a Transit Riders campaign to keep transit-only lanes on Mission. Photo: Streetsblog.
  • helloandyhihi

    Thank you for this story. This campaign took a small army of volunteers, under the inspiring leadership of Ilyse Magy.

    Actually, I’m blushing. It’s nice to get credit for the volunteer hours I contribute to SFTR. I certainly pitched in with this campaign. But many other people were far more involved with the crowdfunding campaign than myself. As an org, we’ll have to make sure they get acknowledged, too!

  • davistrain

    I’m rather amused by the slogan “Make Transit Awesome”. Transit doesn’t have to be “awesome”–just make it frequent, reliable and comfortable.

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