Regional Transit Authority Appoints Matt Webb General Manager

DETROIT - The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) announced at their last board meeting the appointment of Matt Webb as General Manager. Mr. Webbhas been the Chief Operating Officer since April 2018. During this time, he oversaw the delivery of multiple RTA programs, the agency’s response to the triennial Federal Transit Administration audit, and the development of the 2019 budget. Matt brings over 21 years of experience delivering large-scale, multi-disciplinary transportation planning and program management services in the areas of transit, rail, and highway. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and is a certified planner with the American Planning Association. “We are elated that Matt has accepted this new role. He is the right person to assist move the RTA to the next level. He has the experience, knows the industry and has all the right relationships. He is a hard worker and well respected,” stated Paul Hillegonds Chairman of the RTA Board. The RTA Board also set its priorities for 2019 at the Board meeting.

Key priorities include:
· Updating the Connect Southeast Michigan Framework based on feedback received in 2018 and other stakeholder input to ultimately have formal RTA Board of Directors adoption in 2019. This effort will address both the development of new services, improved mobility options and an update of the RTA financial model.
· Working to modify the existing RTA Act to allow for greater flexibility in defining a possible taxing area. RTA plans to coordinate with legislators, County and City Executives to pursue changes and educate stakeholders on the merits of proposed changes.
· Overseeing the preparation of a regional Coordinated Services Transportation Plan working in close coordination with DDOT, SMART and AAATA, other transportation providers, advocates, stakeholders and the public.

Also announced was the retirement of Lead Staff Carmen Palombo. Carmen was on was loan as a non-paid executive from SEMCOG. “Carmen has been an outstanding member of the RTA Team. He has assisted us move successfully in a positive direction to ensure that the reality of mass transit coming to southeastern Michigan. We will miss Carmen, but wish him a happy and well-deserved retirement”, stated Hillegonds.

About the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA)
The RTA was created in 2012 to plan for and coordinate public transportation in the four-county Southeast Michigan region, including developing a plan for rapid transit. It has a 10-member board whose members are appointed for three year terms by the county executives of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, the chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, the Mayor of Detroit, and the Governor of Michigan. The Governor's appointee serves as chair and without a vote. For more information, visit www.rtamichigan.org





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