MTC-led Clipper® BayPass Program receives 2022 “Bay Area Rider First Award”

BayPass Award
MTC's William Bacon (second from left) receives an award for the BayPass pilot program.

The MTC-led Clipper® BayPass Program was given a 2022 “Bay Area Rider First Award” earlier this month by transit advocates at an event at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

The award was given to William Bacon, MTC’s Principal of Transit Programs, and Michael Eiseman, BART’s Director of Financial Planning. Bacon and Eiseman are co-project managers for the Bay Area’s inter-agency transit fare coordination/integration work that transit operators and MTC have been leading.

In August, MTC — in conjunction with BART and all other transit agencies participating in the Clipper® fare payment system — launched the two-year BayPass pilot program to study the impact of a single pass that will provide up to 50,000 Bay Area residents free access to all bus, rail and ferry services in the nine-county region, with the exception of some special event services.

The award was given by San Francisco Transit RidersSeamless Bay Area, and the Transport Workers Union Local 250 and presented by San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu.

State Sen. Scott Wiener, City Attorney Chiu, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Heather Knight and Peter Hartlaub (of the Total Transit Challenge), and San Francisco County Transportation Authority Executive Director Tilly Chang all spoke at the event. Staff from BART and SFMTA also received awards along with a number of youth transit enthusiasts, advocates, and the San Jose State University transportation team.

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