Philanthropy Now podcast: How a Bay Area transit map will increase ridership, improve public health and benefit the economy

With our new Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. 

Our second Philanthropy Now podcast features Vu-Bang Nguyen, SVCF program officer for building strong communities, and Arielle Fleisher, transportation policy associate at SPUR, a member-supported nonprofit that supports great planning, development, and government in the San Francisco Bay Area. They will discuss SPUR’s plan to design an integrated map of the Bay Area’s 28 transit providers.

This podcast will focus on a need for a single map that includes information on all our transit systems. Arielle outlines the positive domino effects the project will have, including increased communication between operators, riders and designers in the planning phase; improving public health by making transit more accessible and benefiting our economy by making our transportation more tourist-friendly. 

What you will learn:

  • The multiple goals of the seamless transit mapping project
  • Why current transit maps are more like turf-drawings rather than easy-to-use tools for riders
  • How this integrated map can positively impact the environment, public health, and economics of our city
  • Who will benefit from this new transit map and why SPUR is asking for the public’s involvement in the project
  • How the integrated map can help lay the groundwork for our transit operators to think more strategically about planning, and other cities that have successfully done the same

Click here to listen to Episode 2: How a Bay Area transit map will increase ridership, improve public health and benefit the economy, with Arielle Fleisher