Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Michael resigns from Mountain Rides board

Accepts new job with state Community Transportation Association

Express Staff Writer

    Former Blaine County Commissioner Sarah Michael has been appointed mobility manager for the Community Transportation Association of Idaho in south-central Idaho.
    Since she will now be working with and advocating for all transportation providers in the Idaho Transportation Department’s District 4, Michael wrote in an email that it was necessary for her to resign from the Mountain Rides Transportation Authority board of directors. District 4 includes Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties.
    The Community Transportation Association of Idaho is a nonprofit organization that receives federal and state grant funding to oversee alternative transportation programs. The organization helps with planning of community-based transportation and coordinates between various transportation providers to better connect rural and urban communities.
    As mobility manager, Michael will be responsible for providing transportation expertise to both public and private agencies. She will assist with local transportation planning and public outreach and help build partnerships between local officials and organizations for improving transportation options.
    Michael replaces Vanessa Fry, who served as District 4 mobility manager for three years. The organization reported in a news release that Fry left to pursue graduate studies at Boise State University.
    Heather Wheeler, executive director for the Community Transportation Association, stated in the news release that Michael has 30 years of experience in government, private and nonprofit sectors.
    “She has a successful track record in advocacy, coalition building and implementation of new initiatives,” Wheeler stated. “Her experience in public transportation has spanned decades.”
    Michael stated that public transportation issues are her “passion.”
    “My goal is the growth of public transportation options and mobility throughout the eight-county region,” Michael stated. “Improving mobility in light of higher gas prices and an aging population is critical. This will improve our local economies and quality of life.”

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