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About the Director
Planning and developing better transportation systems has long been a passion for The Transportation Museum's Director, Andrew Mancini. Early efforts to share his love of public transportation led to The Transportation Museum being founded in 2008. Today, he studies Urban Planning at Stanford University, and hopes to utilize his interest in public policy and experience with transportation to serve local communities.
Museum Director: Andrew Mancini
From memorizing the details of every SamTrans route, to driving to local Caltrain stations to watch bullet trains fly past, Andrew has many memories of his interest for transportation at a young age. It was this passion — in the summer of 2008, when Andrew was five years old — that led him to create the first Transportation Museum.
In the years since, Andrew has maintained his passion for transportation, while also expanding his interest to travel and history. He has traveled across the country on the train for a month, and he loves traveling to off-the-beaten path places and undiscovered natural areas. (For Andrew's favorite things to do locally, see the Bay Area Attractions page.) Throughout the year, Andrew stays updated on local and national policies, particularly those related to urban development, integrating transit agencies, and legislation affecting Amtrak, America's national rail passenger service.
He has worked for SamTrans, helping to increase youth ridership and reduce barriers for first-time transit riders. As an intern at the Missouri Department of Transportation, he worked to facilitate multimodal transit connections, evaluate grant proposals, and coordinate the design and distribution of Amtrak's first printed timetables in 6 years. He has also interned for the engineering firm Kimley–Horn, where he developed transit plans, calculated cost estimates for pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and conducted GIS-based map analysis for counties and municipalities in the South Florida region.
Andrew is currently a junior at Stanford University, majoring in Urban Planning and minoring in Data Science and Chinese. When Andrew isn't planning a trip or designing the next year's Transportation Museum, he is often reading about travel, practicing trombone, or rooting for the New York Mets. It is one of his life goals to visit every Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant in the U.S., Canada, and Japan; his total currently stands at 43 of the 60 worldwide.
Andrew visiting the San Francisco Streetcar Museum in 2008 and 2016.