Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mountain Rides, Miller win awards

CTAI and ITD announce 2014 leadership winners


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Jason Miller

    The Mountain Rides Transportation Authority Vanpool Program and Jason Miller, the organization’s executive director, have been named as two of three recipients of 2014 I-way Leadership awards from the Community Transportation Association of Idaho and the Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Transportation Performance.
    The award winners were announced Friday. The other 2014 I-way Leadership award winner was Matt Edmond, bike and pedestrian coordinator for the Ada County Highway District.
    According to a CTAI and ITD news release, the “awards are offered on an annual basis to recognize leadership and innovation in the effective coordination of mobility options in Idaho.”
    Miller was recognized for his “leadership in developing public/private partnerships to provide multi-modal public transportation services in Blaine County and neighboring communities,” the news release states.
    “His work resulted in consolidation of four different transportation organizations into one multi-modal agency, the acquisition and placement of 20 new bus shelters, a new Vanpool program that has grown to the second largest in the state, grants resulting in $3.3 million in new capital funding and $2.4 million in operating funding, a ridership increase by 51 percent, and the first bike share program in the state.”
    The news release states that the Mountain Rides Vanpool Program is being “recognized for creating partnerships and employer contributions to provide a reliable, low cost and environmentally sensitive transportation option for employees in the Wood River Valley.
    “Starting in 2007 with two vans, the program is now the second largest in the state with 13 vans and more than 35,000 rides provided annually for approximately 160 employees and removing more than 1.7 million vehicle miles from roads.”




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