This is an ongoing series that will keep you informed about the goings-on in the transit industry. Hopefully, it will provide little perspective on the larger environment in which DART operates.
DART will soon be under new leadership; big things are on the horizon for transit agencies throughout the land; and it seems like everyone’s going electric. Read on to catch up on this week’s transit news.
Someone new at the helm
As of July 12, DART will have new president and chief executive officer. Nadine Lee was appointed by the DART Board of Directors on April 27, and the news has been reported widely in the trade press. As D Magazine’s FrontBurner blog notes:
Lee’s background matches well with a public transit agency that has finished its three-decade race to build-out the largest light rail system in the nation and has since shown a desire to pivot toward improving its bus system.
Go big or go home
Transit agencies throughout the nation are gearing up for great news things in the aftermath of the COVID era. From Massachusetts to the state of Washington, big capital projects are in the works, according to Bus Ride. The takeaway:
Major initiatives at the local levels of government will provide hundreds of contracting opportunities as public officials attempt to make public transportation more convenient, economical, and attractive.
President Biden further confirmed his advocacy for public transportation with a visit to Proterra’s facility in Greenville, S.C. Proterra is the company that manufactured DART’s fleet of seven battery-electric buses. Metro Magazine reports:
The President affirmed his continued support for electrified transportation on the heels of announcing the American Jobs Plan, including historic investment in public transit and the goal for all U.S.-made buses to be zero-emissions by 2030.