RiderShip for the Masses presents their Top Banana Award to an individual/s who has made a difference for public transit riders or an organization that makes a positive change to public transit in the Sacramento Region.
Starting in 2018, the award will be presented 2x a year. One for individual/s at the beginning of the year, and one for an organization at the end of the year.
In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, RFTM will postpone the Top Banana Awards for 2020, however, if you would like to nominate a group or individual please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Include why you think they should be awarded the Top Banana.
Terry Bassett, Executive Director, of the Yolo County Transportation District, is our Top Banana selection for 2021. His forward thinking approach for 39 years has led the District to the many accomplishments that enhanced the quality of life, for Yolo County and the Sacramento Region. Terry retires from the district on April 2, 2021.
Mike Barnbaum and Jeffery Tardaguila long time transit advocates were each awarded the top banana. Mike for his enthusiastic approach to transit advocacy for the SacRT district and the Capital Corridor. Jeffery for his commitment to rider issues that when resolved provide a positive riding experience .
SacT.R.U. (Sacramento Transit Riders Union)
Whose dedicated members helped change public transit and policy for all riders .
Cindy Brooks, Clerk of the Board, Regional Transit District
For her dedication and Service to the Regional Transit District, Transit Riders, and Advocates
Maggie Coulter and SacRideHuman
For their successful effort in changing the Regional Transit District procurement Policy to contract with locally owned companies.
Below in the gallery is Jennifer, our co-founder with Maggie and group accepting award
County Supervisor and Regional Transit Director in recognition of her dedicated service and support, especially to her constituents on transportation issues in the Sacramento region.
Former Councilwoman and Regional Transit Board Director, Bonnie Pannell in recognition for her dedicated effort on behalf of Transportation in the Sacramento Community. The Blue Line South Phase 1 to Meadowview, and Blue Line South Phase II to Consumnes River College are examples of her dedication.
We are grateful that Bonnie was able to be at the Blue Line Phase II Opening.
Bonnie Pannell 1949-2017
Pictures of Recipients 2014 -2019 have been moved to the Photo Gallery page.