February 23, 2024
Sharon Cooney. Photograph courtesy of San Diego MTS.

Sharon Cooney, CEO of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, was appointed Wednesday chair of the California Transit Affiliation’s government committee.

Cooney succeeds Karen King, CEO of Golden Empire Transit District in Bakersfield. She is going to serve a two-year time period.

“It’s an honor to take the helm as chair of the California Transit Affiliation, constructing upon the large milestones reached as a corporation and trade lately beneath the management of Karen King,” Cooney stated in an announcement. “This yr was marked by a formidable effort led by the affiliation to save lots of public transit from a devastating price range disaster, leading to a $5.1 billion lifeline from the state of California to get well the ridership businesses misplaced from the pandemic.”

Cooney was named the primary lady CEO of MTS in 2020 after a 15-year profession with the group the place she held positions similar to director of presidency affairs, director of planning, chief of workers and deputy chief government officer.

Cooney was elected alongside new vice chair, Erin Rogers, the CEO and common supervisor of Omnitrans headquartered in San Bernadino Valley. They may lead a 25-member government committee answerable for managing the affiliation — an advocacy group for public transit in California.

The California Transit Affiliation has greater than 220 member organizations embody transit operators, commuter rail businesses, transit assist teams, nationwide and worldwide transit suppliers and authorities businesses. It represents transit’s pursuits earlier than the state Legislature, the governor and regulatory businesses on the native, state and federal ranges.

–Metropolis Information Service