Paul Bignardi

Paul Bignardi
Principal Transportation Planner
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
I have been in Transportation Planning for over 20 years, during which time I have worked at three government agencies: Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, U.S. National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. I’ve worked in Service Planning, Long Range / Environmental Planning, and most recently I have been involved in Facilities Planning, which is a bit off track for this group, but which is an important part of any transit agency operation. I was the Chair of the APTA Multimodal Operations and Planning Subcommittee during 2015-2017, which included the merger of the Sustainability and Multimodal Operations workshops into the current workshop. Before I got into transit as a career I worked several seasons as a National Park Ranger. I've hiked across Grand Canyon, and stood on the torch of the Statue of Liberty while at work. I have a commercial driver’s license and drive motorized cable cars in S.F. on tours as a part-time second job, or I did until the Covid emergency shut all of that down. I published my first book this year titled A Fleet History of the San Francisco Municipal Railway. It has been a “big seller” of about 1,000 copies (LOL), but it is the best book about Muni in nearly 40 years, and it recently was a finalist in the Reference category of the National Independent Excellence Book Awards. For hobbies I like to travel, enjoy good food and wine, seek out unusual transit options and enjoy history. I also like showing off my restored vintage 1975 Ford Bronco. In the future I hope to write another book on the highway route US 40 which crossed America from Atlantic City to S.F. I know the 2020 workshop will be the most unique in our history. I also know this continues to be the best APTA conference of them all.
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