New leaders at region’s transit agencies

Community Transit and Pierce Transit have both recently named new chief executive officers.

New transit leaders: Community Transit's Emmett Heath and Pierce Transit's Susan Dreier

New transit leaders: Community Transit’s Emmett Heath and Pierce Transit’s Susan Dreier

Emmett Heath was appointed to lead Community Transit last month. Heath served as Director of Administration at Community Transit for 10 years before taking over as CEO in an acting capacity last summer.

On April 13, the Pierce Transit Board approved Susan Dreier as Pierce Transit’s new CEO. Dreier’s first day on the job will be May 26. Dreier previously served as the chief of Salem-Keizer Transit in Salem, Oregon.

Both Pierce Transit and Community Transit are adding service hours this year to meet growing demand.

“We’re back in growth mode. Today, we have every driver and every bus out on the road, yet we know there are still unmet needs in our community,” Heath said.

Community Transit is seeking legislative authority to go to the ballot with up to 0.3% sales tax increase.

Both transit agencies are members of the PSRC.  Half of the local elected officials on PSRC’s Executive Board also serve on the governing boards of the region’s transit agencies.

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