Contact: Yvonne Morrow
Title: WestCAT Marketing Director
Office: (510) 724-3331 ext. 117
For Immediate Release
Posted 30 April 2012
WestCAT Recipient of CalACT's Prestigious "Outstanding Transportation Agency"
Award for 2012
Pinole, April 30, 2012 the Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (WCCTA) was selected by its peer agencies throughout California as the 2012 recipient of CalACT's prestigious "Outstanding Transportation Agency" award. The award was received by WestCAT's General Manager, Charles Anderson during CalACT's 2012 Spring Conference and EXPO that took place in Newport Beach, CA the week of April 25, 2012.
* CalACT (California Association for Coordinated Transportation) is the largest state transit association in the United States, with nearly 300 members dedicated to promoting professional excellence, stimulating ideas and advocating for effective community transportation. Its members include Public Transit Operators, -Non Profit Transportation and Human Service Agencies, Local or Regional Government Agencies, State and Federal Agencies, Universities and Colleges, Associations, and Tribal Transportation providers.
In addition to celebrating receipt of this award, WestCAT is also celebrating two milestone anniversaries this year. WestCAT's General Manager, Charles Anderson is celebrating his 25th anniversary at the agency, and WestCAT itself is celebrating its 35th anniversary.
WestCAT has a very loyal and stable workforce, 43 of 63 drivers have over 5 years seniority, 1 driver over 30 years seniority, 5 drivers over 20 years seniority, and 18 drivers over 10 years seniority. Also, WestCAT's contractor, MV Transportation's Manager, Assistant Manager and Payroll clerk each have 25+ years seniority. The loyalty and stability of the WestCAT workforce (the drivers, dispatchers, mechanics, utility crew and administrative staff) is just a part of what has made WestCAT what it is today. The support of WestCAT's peers, and the dedication and commitment of the WestCAT Board of Directors and strong leadership of its General Manager have been vital to the survival of the agency. However, most importantly the loyal support and patronage of WestCAT's passengers and the community is what has really kept it going strong for all of these years.
The Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (WCCTA) was established in August 1977 as a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement between Contra Costa County and the cities of Hercules and Pinole. The agency was created with the purpose of owning, operating and administrating a public transportation system serving the area between the Richmond/El Sobrante border to the west and the Carquinez Bridge to the east.
WestCAT is governed by a seven-member board of directors and is supported by professional staff. The two cities of Pinole and Hercules are each represented on the board by two members, while the unincorporated communities of Crockett, Rodeo, each have one representative and Montalvin Manor, Tara Hills and Bayview have one joint representative, these three former positions are appointed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.
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