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Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority Names Chief Operating Officer and Other Organizational Changes

BIRMINGHAM, AL (March 5, 2020) –Mr. Frank T. Martin, Executive Director and CEO of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (MAX Transit) announces the selection of Harold L. Young, Jr. as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Authority, as well as other organizational changes.

With more than three decades of experience in the transportation industry, Mr. Young brings a granular knowledge of bus operations, bus maintenance, paratransit, safety and customer service in public transit, charter bus and student transportation environments.

Mr. Young was previously employed as Superintendent of Bus Operations with Broward County Transit in Broward County, Florida. Prior to that, his proven management track record included working with Coach America/Horizon Charter Bus, Miami-Dade Transit, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, as well as the Greyhound and Trailways Bus Lines.

Harold’s responsibilities will include providing strategic leadership for the transportation department of BJCTA which includes fixed route, paratransit and micro transit services.  He will also provide leadership for the safety and security, facilities, construction and engineering, and the planning departments.

 “We are extremely fortunate to add Harold to our team as he brings a wealth of knowledge of the transportation industry.”, said BJCTA Director Frank T. Martin.  “His leadership will be crucial as we continue to make improvements to our system and prepare to become the mobility manager in the region.”

Harold is 30-year member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.


Director Martin also announces two other changes within the organization.  Valerie (Vicki) Rivers, formally Chief of Staff, is now BJCTA’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).  Her responsibilities include leadership of Board Relations, Marketing/Communications, Human Resources, Information Technology, Customer Care/Reception, ADA/Compliance, Procurement, Intergovernmental Relations, Grants, Transit Oriented Development and Economic Development.


Ms. Rivers, a Birmingham native, joined the agency in February 2019 and brings not only transit knowledge, she is also a life- long public sector professional.  Before joining BJCTA, she worked most recently in leadership positions with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, the City of Houston, the Houston Downtown Redevelopment Authority/Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #3, and the Minority Business Development Department in Richmond Virginia.

In addition to her vast professional experience, Ms. Rivers is active in many professional organizations which include the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, International City/County Management Association, National Association of Minority Contractors, Association of Conflict Resolution, Airport Minority Advisory Council, the American Contract Compliance Association, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).

Mr. Glenn Dickerson, formally the Director of Finance, has been named as BJCTA’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Glenn also joined the agency in February 2019 and is a Birmingham native. He is a certified public accountant and came to BJCTA with over 35 years in the field.  His major responsibilities will be to oversee the daily financial activities of the finance department and to continue to ensure that sound budgetary planning and controls are in place. In addition to managing the agency’s budget, Mr. Dickerson will lead the payroll, accounting, and auditing functions of BJCTA.

Mr. Dickerson is also a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, Alabama State Board of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

“These changes and others within the organization not only will enhance our bench strength but will also ensure that we are true to our mission which is to provide safe, reliable, and excellent transit and mobility services that contribute to the region’s economy, vitality and sustainability”, said Director Martin.

 

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The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority is the public transportation leader in Central Alabama. The Authority averages three million riders per year and has close to 300 employees. For more information, visit www.maxtransit.org.

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BIRMINGHAM-JEFFERSON COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY LAUNCHES MAX-DIRECT
AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON NOVEMBER 1, 2019

 

Innovative On-Demand Ride Share Service For Mountain Brook Customers

 

Birmingham, AL (October 31, 2019) – The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) announces the launch of MAX-DIRECT, a flexible and dynamic on-demand microtransit shuttle which will service riders to Mountain Brook.  The new service, available beginning Monday, November 4, 2019, will replace two fixed routes, Route 502 Cherokee Bend and 504 Hermitage.

 

Similar to a ride-hailing service, MAX-DIRECT uses a smartphone App for riders to schedule customized curb-to-curb microtransit trips. A smaller, neighborhood-friendly shuttle bus will pick up riders at Central Station and drop them off at a requested address.  It will also pick passengers up at their destination within the coverage area and deliver them to Central Station.  The new service canalso accommodate passengers with disabilities.

 

A press conference to announce additional details and an App tutorial will be held on November 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at BJCTA Central Station, 1735 Morris Avenue, Birmingham, AL. 

 

“We are always looking for ways to ensure that our service meets the needs of our customers.  We at BJCTA believe that the MAX-DIRECT service will help accomplish that,” said Frank T. Martin, Executive Director/CEO of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority.  “By simplydownloading the TransLoc App, they will have the ability to request a ride, obtain an estimated pick up time and track their bus in real time.”

 

BJCTA recognizes that not all customers have access to a smart phone, making usage of the App an impossibility.  For those customers, requests for rides will be accepted online at www.ondemand.transloc.com or by calling 205-521-0101, #5.  Wait times for service are subject to vehicle availability and demand.

 

As technology evolves and transit offerings expand, the BJCTA continues to search for innovative ways to address accessibility and customer mobility.  This new service offers a complement to existing fixed route bus service by providing a curb to curb service that is more direct.

 

The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority is the public transportation leader in Central Alabama.  The Authority averages three million riders per year with more than 300 employees.  For more information, visit www.maxtransit.org.

 

TransLoc is a subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility. They are a part of a broad suite of mobility solutions intended to enhance both public and private transit agencies. Together, they are working to solve the world’s mobility challenges and usher in the future of modern transportation in every part of the globe.  For more information, visit www.transloc.com.

 

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New Farmers Market to Open at BJCTA Central Station on October 30th

 

Birmingham, AL (October 16, 2019) – The new Birmingham Central Market, which will be located at 1600 Morris Avenue and adjacent to the MAX Central Station, will open Wednesday, October 30, 2019 with an 11 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony. Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority Executive Director Frank T. Martin will join Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, city councilors, community members and social service organizations for the grand opening.  

 

Fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs and honey will be sold to the public Monday through Friday, 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Five farmers are currently confirmed to sell at the market, which will accept SNAP/EBT.

 

The market is a result of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority and the City of Birmingham uniting to address the city’s food deserts. Almost 70% of Birmingham residents live in areas the United States Department of Agriculture has designated as food deserts, which are defined as an urban area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. The new market will aid in providing fresh produce to residents using the MAX system and traveling through downtown Birmingham.

 

The City of Birmingham received an initial grant of $50,000 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to start the Central Market. The City of Birmingham contributed an additional $100,000, the BJCTA provided $50,000 towards construction and $43,000 in-kind donations were given to move the Central Market from an idea to a reality. Hundreds of people use MAX daily, making the downtown hub an ideal location for the farmers market.

 

“Our hope is that by opening the Central Market at the MAX Central Station, Birmingham residents will find it easier to access the fresh food they need for themselves and their families,” said Mayor Woodfin. “But this market isn’t just for MAX riders, it is for the entire city.  We know that if barriers are removed to make it easier to access fresh and affordable food, we will have a healthier community.”

 

Organizers hope the market is just the beginning of seeing lives and people’s health improved.

 

“We are concerned about the lives of our customers and are thrilled to be able to offer them this service,” said Martin. “The Central Market has the possibility to make a real difference in the health of the entire community.”

 

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New Buses Join Fleet of Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority

 

 Birmingham, AL (September 30, 2019) – The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) today added 11 new fixed route buses to their fleet. The new 35-foot buses run on carbon natural gas (CNG) that minimizes harmful carbon deposits to the environment, which leads to a cleaner and more efficient engine.

 

Six of the 11 buses were purchased from a $3.6 million competitive low emission, no emission award received by BJCTA in early 2016. The other five were purchased from existing Section 5339 (Bus and Bus Facilities) and Section 5307 (Preventative Maintenance) grant awards that were apportioned to BJCTA in 2018 and 2019 based on ridership data. All the new buses will be used to replace old fleet that have met their useful life. The useful life of these vehicles is 12 years or 500,000 miles. The average age of BJCTA’s fleet is approximately 6 years old.

 

“The BJCTA is always looking for ways to improve the quality our fleet with the goal of enhancing our customers experience.” said Frank T. Martin, BJCTA Executive Director. “These new buses have a higher curb switch which assist riders in wheelchairs or those needing assistance entering or exiting the bus. They are also equipped with improved WIFI, 19-inch displays monitors, and other upgraded features.”

 

The new buses officially join the BJCTA fleet today.

 

The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority is the public transportation leader in Central Alabama. The Authority averages three million riders per year with more than 300 employees. For more information, visit www.maxtransit.org.


     

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BIRMINGHAM-JEFFERSON COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY PROPOSES TO MODIFY ROUTES

Changes Based on City of Birmingham Budget/Funding

 

Birmingham, AL (August 1, 2019) – The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) announced a route modification proposal and proposed fare increase based on the City of Birmingham’s recently approved budget.  The city’s allotment to BJCTA of $10 million falls significantly short of close to $16 million required to operate the current routes that serve the city.  For at least three consecutive years, BJCTA has provided services to Birmingham in excess of the level funded by the City.

 

“Unfortunately, this decision was out of our hands,” said Frank T. Martin, interim executive director of the BJCTA.  “This is not a scenario anyone at the BJCTA wanted to implement, but we cannot continue to provide service that is not being paid for.”

 

The proposed route modifications and proposed fare increases will go into effect September 23, 2019. Many of the changes involve combining low ridership routes to make them more efficient, rescheduling, rerouting and in some cases, eliminating those not financially feasible. In addition, many of the newly modified routes will cease service at 7:00 p.m., except for routes 25, 26 and 28. 

 

BJCTA is hosting 14 public information meetings beginning on August 5, 2019 through August 16, 2019 at various locations throughout Birmingham.  Details about these meetings and the specifics about the prospective modifications are attached or can be found on the agency’s website located at www.maxtransit.org.

 

“A thriving transportation system is critical to a growing city,” continued Martin.  “It is necessary to move our citizens to employment, healthcare, education and shopping options.  New residents and businesses consider public transportation when making decisions about relocation and the BJCTA wants to provide a robust and dependable system.  We understand that these current modifications will negatively impact the lives of some of our riders and we are doing all we can to minimize the effects.” 

 

The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority is the public transportation leader in Central Alabama.  The Authority averages three million riders per year with more than 300 employees.  For more information, visit www.maxtransit.org.

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