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Release date: October 3, 2012

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), the Paratransit Coordinating Council and the Multimodal Accessibility Advisory Committee will celebrate 35 years of building accessible transit during Muni’s centennial year. The event will honor the work of the disability community advocates, paratransit drivers, Muni operators and other staff who have made the public transit system in San Francisco a model of access.

The event will take place Thursday, October 4, 2012 at a block party in front of 68 12th Street at 11 a.m.

“Over the past 35 years, Muni has become a model of accessibility,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “It’s important to remember and honor the early days of transit access and reaffirm our commitment to achieve our vision of transit access for the next 35 years.”

Building an accessible transit system did not happen overnight. It took many years, as well as the dedication of the community and staff, to better attain goals for access for all. A number of advocates, staff, and officials will be on hand to take an historical look back at the history of the work that went into making San Francisco the city it is today.

To honor the legacy of paratransit advocates who have made a significant contribution to the SF Paratransit program, the SFMTA will unveil some of the 20 new paratransit vehicles, which are being named after advocates who have passed away.

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