Rod Diridon presents memorabilia from more than four decades of public service
April 14, 2016
Rod Diridon, Sr., presents and discusses memorabilia from his 45 years of public service. From 1971, when he became the youngest person ever elected to the Saratoga City Council, until his retirement in 2014 from the Mineta Transportation Institute where he served as executive director, his contributions to the region, particularly in the area of public transportation, were so remarkable, the City of San José renamed its main train station “San Jose Diridon Station” in his honor.
Known as the “father” of modern transit service in Silicon Valley, he has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. In 2014 he was inducted to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Hall of Fame. He frequently provides legislative testimony on sustainable transportation issues.