The Riverside Transit Agency’s Board of Directors has unanimously elected Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley to take leadership of the 22-member governing board.
As chairman, Ashley will be responsible for leading the RTA Board in setting policy, guiding Agency priorities, conducting the Agency’s monthly Board meetings and representing RTA during public events. He assumes the responsibilities held most recently by former Murrieta City Councilman Doug McAllister.
“I am so proud of the accomplishments of this governing board and honored to be chosen by my fellow Board members for this position,” Ashley said. “I look forward to building on RTA’s tradition of success, and ensuring that public transportation remains a relevant and important part of our lives.”
Board members also voted Temecula City Councilman Jeff Comerchero as first vice chairman and San Jacinto Councilman Andrew Kotyuk as second vice chairman.
An RTA Board member since 2003, Ashley has been active on various Board committees, including the Budget and Finance Committee, which has provided crucial financial oversight and ensured positive audit results year after year.
Ashley assumes leadership during a period of increased ridership, customer satisfaction and growing popularity across the region. In fact, ridership has reached an all-time high in FY12, and RTA has more student-ride programs than any other transit agency in the state. The Agency has also launched travel training programs for disabled and older customers, and is expecting a new wave of Compressed Natural Gas buses to arrive in 2013 to replace its aging fleet.
Departing Board Chairman Doug McAllister said his experience on the board was positive, and was proud of the Agency’s success.
—News release submitted by RTA