Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District

October 11, 2005





Hitting the road recently are two new Golden Gate Transit (GGT) theme buses with important public education and awareness messages adorning the sides:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Bus

To support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), a GGT bus has been transformed with the pink ribbon theme and slogan Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The theme bus, inspired by GGT employees, is a prominent way to bring attention to breast cancer issues and especially the importance of early detection.

According to General Manager, Celia Kupersmith, “With Marin County, an area with one of the highest breast cancer rates in the nation, it is appropriate that GGT participate in this vital awareness campaign, and this bus is just one small way to do just that.”


Whale Bus

Sending a critical message about the importance of preserving our environment, Humphrey the Whale Bus echoes the educational message To live on the land…we must learn from the sea.  International artist and local Marin County resident Mr. George Sumner donated his time to hand paint this mobile community service masterpiece, with its humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, sea lion, and sea turtle.

The Whale Bus was placed into service on Labor Day 2005 and is GGT’s second Whale Bus, the first recently retired from the fleet after 11 years of service.  Humphrey will continue to serve as a focal point of GGT’s commitment to educating the public about the benefits of public transit.  With the inception of the first Whale Bus, came the idea to use the bus as an educational tool by visiting local schools to teach students the importance of using public transit as one of many ways to assist in preserving our environment.  Sumner’s wife, Donnalei, escorted the original Whale Bus to many schools in Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco serving as both educator and storyteller. She will continue to assist GGT in this capacity with the new Humphrey.