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New Interims, CEO Named

Schneider, PRTC

Bob Schneider, executive director of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The Comet), Columbia, SC, for the past five years, is joining the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), Woodbridge, VA, as its executive director.

Schneider will succeed longtime PRTC employee Eric Marx, who has served as interim executive director since Alfred Harf retired in 2015.

During his tenure at the Comet, Schneider oversaw a rebranding of the organization, helped with passage of a one-cent sales tax to support public transit and introduced smaller, propane-powered vehicles.

Scanlon, Interim, SolTrans

Solano County Transit (SolTrans), Vallejo, CA, has named Michael Scanlon interim director. He succeeds Mona Babauta, the agency’s first permanent general manager and later executive director, who joined SolTrans in 2012 and has taken a job with Golden Gate Transit.

Scanlon retired in 2015 as chief executive officer and executive director of Caltrain and SamTrans, the culmination of a 48-year career. He is a past APTA chair and was inducted into the APTA Hall of Fame in 2016.

Johnson, Interim, Harrisburg CAT

Capital Area Transit (CAT), Harrisburg, PA, has announced the appointment of Anthony Johnson as its interim general manager after the resignation of William A. Jones following nine years in the job.

Johnson, an employee of McDonald Transit Associates, has 29 years of transit experience, most recently as chief operating officer/executive vice president at the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and director of bus operations at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. The CAT board has contracted with McDonald Transit to provide interim management while the board reviews future options.

Thorne, Interim, Connect Transit

Isaac Thorne, chief operating officer at Connect Transit, Normal, IL, has been selected as the agency’s interim general manager following the resignation of Andrew Johnson to join the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District. (See People on the Move in this issue.)

Thorne joined the agency in 2007 as a member of the transportation operations team, becoming procurement director in 2011 and chief operating officer, a newly formed position, in 2015.

For APTA, he serves on the Procurement & Materials Management and Small Operations committees.
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