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The Rapid welcomes Veronica Lowe as its new Transportation Manager

Grand Rapids, MI –Last month, The Rapid strengthened its team by welcoming Veronica Lowe as the new Transportation Manager.

Lowe brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, having been a leader in public and pupil transportation for more than 24 years. Prior to joining The Rapid, Lowe served in a diverse set of roles, including Chief of Paratransit and Taxi Operations in Prince George’s County, MD, Director of Transportation for Frederick County Public Schools, (Frederick, MD), Transportation Supervisor for Grand Rapids Public Schools, Manager of Your Ride Paratransit service in Flint, MI, and Coordinator of Community Education Transportation for Grand Rapids Public Schools. Her work accomplishments include implementing cost saving measures, drastically reducing department overtime, and reducing employee absenteeism through accountability.

She has further demonstrated her commitment to public transportation by serving in over a dozen professional associations and committees, adding to her expertise in leadership, team building, development, planning, and customer service. Lowe’s educational experience has also given her the tools necessary to lead, earning an MBA in Leadership Studies from Baker College, Center for Graduate Studies in 2005.

Lowe’s daily responsibilities will include overseeing a staff of approximately 275 bus operators and 12 supervisors within the transportation department, as well as developing and implementing departmental policies, administering departmental operating budgets, and identifying and implementing training needs and programs.

“We are pleased that Veronica has joined The Rapid as Transportation Manager,” said Rapid Chief Operations Officer Brian Pouget. “A Grand Rapids native, she brings a rich background of service in both public and pupil transportation. Veronica’s experience in Michigan and Maryland has prepared her well to lead the 280+ employees of the Transportation Department.”

Flint MTA’s General Manager Appointed to Governor’s Council

The Mass Transportation Authority’s General Manager, Ed Benning, has been appointed by Governor Rick Snyder office to the Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services.

The council’s job is to review, analyze and advise the Michigan Rehabilitation Services, within the Michigan Department of Human Services.

"These individuals bring decades of experience to the council. They will provide strong insights to the board," said Governor Snyder.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2017. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Public Transportation Millage Summary

Four of five public transit millage proposals in Michigan passed yesterday. In Cadillac/Wexford County millage was easily renewed, as it was in Bay City. In Genesee County an additional millage for MTA operations narrowly was approved while in Spring Lake Township in Ottawa County a new millage for expansion for Harbor Transit easily was approved. Only a new millage in Addison Township of Oakland County, for North Oakland Transportation Authority operations, failed by a narrow margin.

Benzie Transportation Authority Receives Eco Award

Public transportation fleets across the county are turning to propane autogas as a way to reduce their carbon footprint, cut fuel costs, and decrease dependence on foreign oil. This week, the Propane Education & Research Council and Metro Magazine recognized six top fleets for their recent adoptions of clean, American-made propane autogas at BusCon Expo in Indianapolis.

Propane-autogas-powered vehicles emit fewer harmful greenhouse gas and carbon emissions than vehicles running on gasoline and diesel, reducing short-term and long-term health effects on passengers, according to the company.

"This year’s award winners are a great example of how fleets can improve the economic and environmental well-being of their communities without breaking the bank to do it,” PERC Chief Business Development Officer Tucker Perkins said. “Propane autogas is a clean fuel that can also result in a strong ROI due to significant savings on fuel costs. Public fleets can trust propane autogas as an affordable, reliable fuel."

Benzie Transportation Authority recently adopted seven propane autogas shuttle buses with ICOM JTG II Systems, and one Ford E-450 transit vehicle with a dedicated Roush CleanTech fuel system. According to Chad Hollenbeck, BTA Operations Manager, the transit authority is the first in northern Michigan to adopt clean, green propane autogas.

For more information on BusCon Expo and the PERC propane autogas awards, visit busconexpo.com. To learn more about propane-autogas-fueled bus fleets, visit propane.com.

Source: http://www.metro-magazine.com/news/story/2014/09/6-fleets-receive-eco-award-at-buscon-for-propane-usage.aspx

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