SARAH MICHAEL HAS JOINED CTAI AS THE NEW MOBILITY MANAGER FOR SOUTH CENTRAL IDAHO26-Jul-2013
BOISE, Idaho – The District 4 Mobility Manager provides a high level of professional transportation expertise to public and private agencies in South Central Idaho. The District 4 Mobility Manager facilitates implementation of local transportation planning and public outreach and builds partnerships with local officials and organizations to improve mobility options and resources within the District.
“Sarah Michael brings 30 years of leadership in government, private and non-profit sectors to this position”, stated Ms. Wheeler. “She has a successful track record in advocacy, coalition building and implementation of new initiatives. Her experience in public transportation has spanned decades.”
In 2002, Ms. Michael spearheaded the creation of Peak Bus, a morning and evening commuter service between Bellevue and Ketchum-Sun Valley. This commuter service was eventually incorporated into Mountain Rides Transportation Authority through a joint powers agreement for which Ms. Michael advocated. She subsequently served on its Board. Mountain Rides carries approximately 500,000 riders a year.
Ms. Michael was elected to three terms as Blaine County Commissioner. She also served in executive roles in the legislative, administrative and advocacy arenas in California state government. Most recently, she was the Advisor to the Vice Chair of the California Energy Commission, specializing in transportation and energy issues.
“Public transportation issues have been my passion and I am thrilled to join CTAI and to further plan, coordinate and promote improved mobility options in Idaho,” commented Ms. Michael. “My goal is the growth of public transportation options and mobility throughout District 4, an eight county region. Improving mobility in light of higher gas prices and an aging population is critical and will improve the local economies and quality of life for all communities.”
Vanessa Fry who served as District Mobility Manager in District 4 for the past three years will be leaving in August to pursue her PhD in public policy.