A New Road Begins
Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway. —Author Unknown
I joined the RTC 14 years ago when the agency debuted the Deuce on the Strip, our iconic double decker bus that transformed transit service for tourists visiting our fabulous city. Ever since, the RTC has continued to transform mobility in Southern Nevada – for visitors and residents alike.
I am so proud of what we have achieved together. We launched bus rapid transit and express routes to help local commuters, and we built park & rides and new transit facilities. We added new residential routes in some of the fastest growing parts of the valley, and we increased frequency on numerous routes to accommodate growing demand, while also shifting to more environmentally friendly Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles. We passed fuel revenue indexing legislation and a ballot question to enable us to meet our roadway and infrastructure funding needs, including building the first phase of Interstate 11 to connect Las Vegas to Phoenix. And we became a national leader in testing and implementing advanced transportation technology that is revolutionizing mobility for all.
Clearly, my 14 years at the RTC have been incredibly rewarding. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the best and brightest in the transportation industry. I cannot put in words how much I will miss the people who I have worked alongside to achieve all these great things for our community.
The energy and optimism of this agency is addicting. I promised myself I would never leave unless a project came along that I could be equally passionate about and that would be good for Southern Nevada. Recently, that project came along. I am retiring from the RTC to serve at Virgin Trains, which will link Las Vegas and Southern California via high-speed rail. This project will create a bevy of new opportunities that will further support mobility and economic development for our valley.
I truly believe that this is the right next chapter – or new road – for me to follow, and I know the RTC will continue to move forward as well. I have every confidence that as CEO, MJ Maynard will continue the work we have begun and effectively lead the RTC as our community continues to grow and develop.
I am so honored to have had the opportunity to work with great professionals at the RTC and our many partners in the community over the years. Thank you for your support and collaboration. None of these achievements would have been possible without you. I hope to have the opportunity to partner with you again, in my new role, as we continue the work to further improve mobility and the quality of life for the place we lovingly call home, Southern Nevada.