Results are in!
Announcing our 2017 winners

Teams from Long Beach and Fresno offer equitable and climate-friendly near-term solutions for transit in their city.

About Just Transit

Just Transit is a community challenge with a simple goal: reduce emissions while increasing equitable transportation options. We launched Just Transit San Francisco in 2015, with the goal of sparking innovation in a city with an abundance of public transportation options, but varying degrees of access and reliability. The cohort of winners and their partners is committed to achieving their lofty goals in 2018.

In 2016, we found resourceful and passionate social entrepreneurs, transit professionals, community activists and bike enthusiasts working to make Fresno and Long Beach better places to live and work. Whether it’s reducing uncertainty on a bus route, encouraging more active modes of transportation or making the air easier to breathe, these solutions showed that when collaborating and innovating for the benefit of a community, we all win.

Our Challenge: A Snapshot
  • Expansive urban area
  • Large rural community
  • Fast growing population
Long Beach
  • Concentrated urban area
  • Busy urban corridor (LA - San Diego)
  • High community diversity


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single driver commuters

Source: US Census
How the Just Transit Applicants are Tackling These Needs
Reducing Transit Emissions

Solutions that have the ability to reduce transit-related carbon emissions, including promoting access to shared and/or human-powered transit, electric vehicle adoption, and efficient public transit.

Doing both!
Improving Equitable Access to Transit

Solutions that provide equitable transportation options to a diverse range of stakeholders—including underserved communities—so that everyone can have access to reliable and energy efficient transit.

Doing both!
About the Challenge

San Francisco has seen incredible population growth in the last thirty years. With a unique urban and physical geography, along with aging infrastructure, getting across the city is no simple feat. However, Just Transit San Francisco winners found ways to optimize the existing public transit system, while adding a robust bikeshare program to an underserved community.

This sprawling Central Valley city, California’s fifth largest, has grown quickly in the last several decades. This former agricultural town is now a massive regional hub. Its rapid growth has meant the city’s public transportation system has been stretched, particular in suburban and rural areas, where consistent and reliable access to public transit is needed most. Just Transit winners hope to address these challenges through alternative transport awareness campaigns, ride-sharing programs, and data-driven improvements to transit systems.

South of Los Angeles, this major port city has a unique civic identity due to its diverse population and affordability for creatives. Situated in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan region, this fast-growing city utilizes multimodal transportation to get people where they need to go. However, access to the transportations system can prove difficult off major bus routes or near Metro stops. Just Transit winners hope to increase multimodal transportation options across the city’s diverse neighborhoods, making Long Beach a regional leader in public transit.

Winning solutions

We’ve awarded a total of $400,000 along with technical assistance to the following projects for their inspired visions and actionable solutions to decrease transportation emissions while increasing access for users in Long Beach and Fresno.

Fresno Long Beach
Fresno Planning for growth

In Fresno, commuter flows are evolving, but the diversity of commuter needs poses a significant challenge for city transportation systems. Should the city focus on broader transportation networks that support long-distance options like bus and rail? Or should it focus on new mobility solutions that link rural communities to mass transit?

  • Green Raiteros

    The program builds on a pre-existing "Raiteros" model -- retired farm workers who are able to offer accessible and low-cost transportation -- to build a "Green Raiteros" fleet comprised of Electric Vehicles (EVs) that will offset greenhouse gases in a region, while leveraging an existing service trusted by and familiar to the community.

  • Van y Vienen

    Formalizes shared ridership practices in the unincorporated communities of Cantua Creek and El Porvenir, electric-powered (clean, green) vanpools will fill a critical gap in transportation options while simultaneously reducing car trips, reducing GHG emissions, and improving air quality.

  • Real-Time Transit Fresno

    Three cross-sector organizations (FAX, ScholarDev LLC and ValleyPBS) have teamed up to propose the creation and wide-reaching launch of a real-time, mobile app to help users discover ideal local bus routes, track the arrival of their buses, and get to and from destinations in a timely manner.


    ScholarDev LLC


Long Beach Time for a transit refresh

In Long Beach, a concentrated urban community, a major shipping port and a connection in the Los Angeles - Anaheim corridor pose another set of challenges. Should the city plan for the future and invest in alternative transportation choices like electric vehicles, ride-sharing or autonomous vehicles? Or should Long Beach invest in “urban hubs” that emphasize pedestrian and cycling-friendly options to attract and retain a younger workforce in the city center?

  • Century Villages at Cabrillo

    Leveraging its campus transit hub, CVC will help to reduce the number car trips to the campus by encouraging resident and employees to choose a cleaner alternative. The "Once Per Week" initiative represents a multifaceted program focused on education, awareness-building, transit hubs, and employee incentive transit benefits.

  • Pedal Movement

    Convert four shipping containers into a network of bicycle service facilities, each providing free bicycle education, low-cost options for repairs and parts, and opportunities to acquire a bicycle for low/no cost. Programming will be directed at new urban riders, especially youth, families, and low-income commuters.

  • Safe Routes to School

    Walk Long Beach will promote walking and biking to school, updating and completing the Safe Route to School (SRTS) project in order to reduce emissions from vehicles, reduce congestion, and build neighborhood cohesion and safety awareness.

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