We are Champions of Public Transit
Public transit improves communities, stimulates economies and helps protect our environment. It benefits even those who never use it. We believe that public transit is beyond discretionary, that it is essential. We are champions for public transit, and we contend that with better public transit comes better quality of life for riders, non-riders, community stakeholders, businesses and the public at-large. This is a defining characteristic of our Association and is embedded in everything we do.
Our team of legislative advocates works to promote multi-year transit funding and to represent transit's interests before the California State Legislature, the Governor and regulatory agencies on the local, state and federal levels. We maintain direct access to elected officials and government professionals, working closely with them to shape the future of transit.
Explore Transit History
Released in 2015 in conjunction with the California Transit Association’s 50th anniversary, A Brief History of Transit in California is available to download in flipbook format, or for purchase as a printed, bound book.
The book is the product of a collaboration between the Association and Elizabeth Deakin, Professor of City and Regional Planning and Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley.
Our legislative advocates speak alongside, and on behalf of, our more than 200 member organizations consisting of all of California's largest urban transit operators, as well as dozens of agencies in suburban and rural areas. Our membership also extends to include commuter rail agencies, transit support groups, national and international transit suppliers, and government agencies.
We empower our members to speak with a stronger voice, learn through education and training we provide, and collaborate with other similarly minded transit providers and stakeholders.
With a motivated and informed membership base, our Association actively engages state decision makers to shape transit-friendly policy, secure increased transit funding and promote the benefits of a balanced transportation system.
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Decades of industry experience, a passion for better public transit. Meet our Executive Committee and other volunteer leaders.
Member-focused, results-driven advocacy and guidance. Meet our staff.
Policies and procedures that foster collaboration. See how we work.