Mayor Lee taps transit activist for opening on MTA Board 

Joel Ramos, a transit activist and regular Muni customer, has been tapped for the open position on the Municipal Transportation Agency’s seven-person Board of Directors.

The MTA board, which governs Muni, has been shorthanded one person since the death of Cameron Beach on March 18.

Ramos, appointed by Mayor Ed Lee, is a community planner with TransForm (, a regional transit advocacy organization. According to a press released issued by Lee, Ramos, a Sunset District resident, specializes in transit-oriented development projects in low-income communities. He also serves on the Geary Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit Community Advisory Committee and is an active member of SPUR, another local think tank.

“As a regular transit rider and daily bicyclist, Joel Ramos will bring valuable experience to the SFMTA board as he is passionate about all modes of transportation,” Lee said in a release.

Ramos and the MTA board have plenty on their plate right—most notably labor negotiations with the agency’s transit operators and decisions on the future employment of executive director Nat Ford.

Ramos’ appointment must be confirmed by the Board of Supervisors.

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