Save the date for the TD annual meeting!

SMART Transportation Division is pleased to announce that plans are underway to resume the TD Annual Meetings after a two-year pandemic disruption.

The meeting is scheduled to take place Aug. 8 through 10, 2022, at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square, 333 O’Farrell St., San Francisco, CA 94102. It’s a great opportunity to take part in informative in-person workshops and build camaraderie with fellow union brothers and sisters over the three-day meeting.

Details regarding costs, registration and schedule will be communicated as they are finalized and will be posted on the union website.

Fairmont San Francisco sold out, overflow rate expires June 17

The Fairmont San Francisco hotel has sold out. Not to worry, the overflow hotel – Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel – still has rooms available. The Mark Hopkins is conveniently located across the street from the Fairmont San Francisco and is offering members the same great rate of $169 per night (plus tax). Those planning on attending the San Francisco meeting should make their reservations now. The reservation deadline for the negotiated rate of $169 per night (plus tax) is tomorrow, Friday, June 17.
Click here to register online or call 1-800-662-4455. Don’t forget to mention the reservation code, “SMART UNION ANNUAL WESTERN REGIONAL MEETING” to receive the discounted rate.

San Francisco registration discount expires June 19

Members who have not yet registered through SMART TD for the meetings should also do so as soon as possible. The deadline for the $150 per person rate is Sunday, June 19. Registrations taken after this date will be charged the full price of $200 per registration. Members have until July 3 to register for the Chicago regional meeting at the discounted rate.
Click here to register for the San Francisco Regional Meeting online or call SMART TD headquarters at 216-228-9400.

SMART TD Night Out at the Ballpark

All SMART members, officers and family members that are registered for the San Francisco Regional Meeting will enjoy a “SMART Night Out at the Ballpark” on Tuesday, July 5, where the San Francisco Giants will take on the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park. The game starts at 7 p.m. Transportation, game ticket and a $25 food and beverage voucher printed on your game ticket will be provided to each registered guest upon check-in at the SMART TD registration desk located in the Venetian Room on the Lobby Level of the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel.
Members who wish to purchase extra tickets for non-registered guests may do so by visiting the SMART TD registration desk located in the Venetian room on the Lobby Level of the Fairmont, starting Sunday, July 3. Extra tickets are $45 and include transportation, game ticket and $25 food and beverage voucher. Extra tickets are expected to sell out quickly. We hope you can join us for a fun night of baseball and fellowship.

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Members planning to attend one or both of the SMART Transportation Division regional meetings this summer can now make reservations for either city. 

Click here to register online for the San Francisco regional meeting. Click here to register online for the Chicago regional meeting. Click here for the mail-in registration form.

Regional meeting registration is available online now by going to the Meetings page and clicking on the respective city. Hotel information can be accessed by visiting and clicking on the “Meetings” box on the bottom of the homepage. Links to the host hotels, city visitor bureaus, and online car-rental are also available.

Regional meetings will be held July 4-6 in San Francisco and July 25-27 in Chicago.

Each regional meeting will run for 2.5 days, ending early on the afternoon of the third day. The evening of the first day has been left unscheduled so you, your family and friends will be free to explore and enjoy the many offerings of the regional meeting cities.

All those attending the regional meetings must be registered in order to attend any planned social function. Children ages 11 and under who are pre-registered are complimentary.

The pre-registration fee for the 2016 regional meetings is $150 per member, spouse or child over age 11, the same fee charged the last eight years. Additional fees apply for the golf outings and family tours. You must make your own room reservations, and certain deadlines apply.

The $150 registration fee covers all workshop materials; a welcoming reception the night before the meeting; three lunches and one evening meal. Those wishing to attend only the workshops do not need to pay the registration fee. No one-day registrations are offered.

You may cancel your meeting registration 10 days prior to the first day of the meeting or the golf outing without penalty. Call the SMART Transportation Division at (216) 228-9400 or email immediately regarding any changes or cancellations.

If you choose to register by mail, you must submit a completed registration form listing each attendee, regardless of age. Complete payment in U.S. funds must be received at the SMART Transportation Division, 24950 Country Club Blvd., Suite 340, North Olmsted, OH 44070-5333, by June 19 for the San Francisco meeting or by July 3 for the Chicago meeting, or the registrant will be charged an on-site registration fee of $200.

SAN FRANCISCO – With the San Francisco Unified School District facing a deficit of $113 million over the next two school years, a decision is looming to cut the number of buses to save money.

UTU Local 1741 officer Paul Stein was quick to intervene, telling the San Francisco Examiner newspaper that “any potential cuts would not only affect the contracted bus drivers (UTU members represented by Local 1741), but students themselves.”

Stein was joined by Ellie Rossiter, executive director of Parents for Public Schools, who told the newspaper, “Parents rely on public transportation and school bus transit to get kids to school. It could be the deciding factor in school choice.”