Jayme Ackemann

Transportation communications expert


Transportation and Infrastructure Columnist

Jayme Ackemann has been involved in Bay Area transportation initiatives for nearly 20 years. After starting her career in television news, she made the transition to public relations where she was eventually appointed spokesperson for the San Mateo County Transit District, Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.

She led community outreach and communications for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and San Jose Water Company before joining the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District where she was responsible for marketing, communications, customer service, government relations and planning.

Jayme is a San Jose native. She grew up in East San Jose off of Alum Rock Avenue. Transit became an early part of her life when she decided to attend St. Francis High School in Mountain View and needed Caltrain and VTA to get to school every day. As a San Jose State University student, Jayme could frequently be seen loading a bicycle onto the front of a VTA bus to get to class.

Jayme lives with her husband and two daughters in Santa Cruz County. She can be found on Twitter opining on politics, transit, or reddit relationships letters @jaymeackemann.


Ackemann: In the aftermath of CZU Lightning Complex fires

The CZU Lightning Complex fires burned to within 1,000 feet of my road. While my home and those of my neighbors on our road were saved, friends, local teachers, firefighters working on the front lines and so many more did lose their homes. Most months I plan to use this space to discuss Bay Area...

Ackemann: Caltrain’s Doom Loop

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic we’ve all become “doomscrollers,” a phenomenon where people obsessively scroll social media for the latest bad news. “Doom loops” are an economic phenomenon where every decision a business or organization makes to try and break a bad cycle serves to reinforce it. That’s the case with Caltrain. Basically, in trying to fix...

Ackemann: Sam Liccardo’s support for Caltrain is lip service

I want people to understand that when San Jose’s Mayor Sam Liccardo writes a Medium post patting himself on the back for “supporting efforts to save Caltrain” he never really did. If he is proposing more of the same kind of “support” for Caltrain he and his fellow Santa Clara County and San Francisco representatives...

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