Mountain Rides chief steps down: Jason Miller joins electric bus company

04-Feb-2013

From Idaho Mountain Express
By Terry Smith
 

Leaving Mountain Rides Transportation Authority was a tough decision for Executive Director Jason Miller, but he said Tuesday that an opportunity with a “cutting-edge” manufacturer of electric buses was something he couldn’t pass up.

Mountain Rides announced Miller’s resignation last Friday. He’ll be staying with the organization until Feb. 27. After that he’ll be joining Proterra Inc., headquartered in Greenville, S.C., as a technical sales representative.

Miller has served as Mountain Rides executive director for about six years. A Mountain Rides news release states that under his leadership the organization increased ridership by 51 percent, added a new vanpool program and started the Hailey town bus service. Unfinished business that Miller inaugurated includes development of a Ketchum transit hub and a South Valley Transportation Center.

“There’s definitely part of me that wants to stay on and bring some of these projects to a finish, but it was a great opportunity that came along that I couldn’t pass up,” he said.

Miller plans to continue living in Hailey, but will be traveling on business at times throughout the Western states.

Miller said Proterra has developed electric-powered buses with “fast charge” capabilities, meaning that batteries can be charged in less than 10 minutes rather than taking hours.

“It’s a chance to be involved in cutting-edge technology,” said Miller, who has a degree in electrical engineering. “It was a tough decision because I think Mountain Rides is a great organization and it’s been a pleasure to lead it.”

Miller said he plans to remain active in community affairs as an interested citizen. He joked that he may even try to sell Proterra electric buses to Mountain Rides.

“I’m already thinking that Sun Valley, Idaho, would be a perfect first mountain resort to have electric buses, so we’ll see what we can do,” he said.


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