MEET THE WINNERS
Since launching in 2015, we’ve awarded over $1,000,000 to passionate social entrepreneurs, transit professionals and community activists working to make their cities better places to live and work. To date, we’ve invested in twelve creative projects that combine inspiring visions with practical solutions to make transportation more sustainable and equitable in four cities across California: Fresno, Long Beach, San Francisco and most recently, Los Angeles.
Read on to meet each of our winners, learn about their winning solutions and get inspired by the organizations and individuals transforming their communities through transit.
Massive, diverse, and vibrant, Los Angeles faces a host of transportation challenges, including poor air quality, world-famous traffic, and declining public transit ridership. But LA is also home to a suite of sustainable transportation initiatives and a motivated, creative community of people working across neighborhoods and sectors to improve transportation for all Angelenos.
This sprawling Central Valley city has grown quickly in the last several decades. A former agricultural town, California’s fifth largest city is now a massive regional hub. Fresno’s rapid growth has stretched the city’s public transportation system, particularly in suburban and rural areas, where access to consistent and reliable public transit is needed most.
Situated in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan region, this fast-growing city offers multimodal transportation to help people get where they need to go. However, access to the transportations system can prove difficult off of the major bus routes or near Metro stops.
With a unique urban and physical geography, getting across this sprawling city is no simple feat. Faced with these challenges, many Bay Area residents end up driving in single-rider cars rather than relying on public transit, making transportation the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area.