SamTrans CEO April Chan Named Transit Woman of The Year

The Bay Area chapter of WTS, an organization that helps advance women in the transportation industry, has named SamTrans General Manager/CEO April Chan as its 2023 Woman of the Year. 

“I am incredibly honored to receive the WTS Bay Area Woman of the Year award,” said Chan. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire SamTrans team. I am proud to lead an organization that is committed to providing safe, reliable, and affordable transportation to the communities we serve.” 

Chan also thanked all the women who are making a difference in the transportation industry. 

WTS released the following statement on Chan’s selection as Woman of the Year: “As the first woman to lead the SamTrans organization, Ms. Chan’s success story is one that others can aspire to while climbing the career ladder in a male-dominated industry. She started her career as a planner and worked her way up to the C-suite with hard work and dedication, while surrounding herself with supportive women leaders from within SamTrans and her WTS network. April embodies the WTS mission of advancing women in transportation that we strive to see emulated throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.” 

Chan became the head of SamTrans last October after more than 20 years with the agency, including her previous role as deputy general manager/CEO. 

WTS plans to present Chan with her award at an event scheduled for September 20 in Oakland.  


About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.   

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