Transportation is about people. People getting where they need to go, and the people who make that happen. TCC is proud to know and partner with many of the people who plan, design, build, operate, maintain, lead, and improve the transportation system in Washington. Every year we celebrate the achievements of our partners and induct them into the Transportation Hall of Fame. We’re thrilled to share this year’s inductees with you!
These leaders are making transportation more accessible for all – inspiring people across every corner of Washington to walk, bike, and take transit. Congratulations to all of them – they make the world go round!
🏆 Rob Gannon
We are honored to induct recent King County Metro General Manager Rob Gannon into the Transportation Hall of Fame. Rob has recently stepped down as General Manager to take a position in Montana and we want to thank him for his four years of service leading King County Metro and bringing more and better transportation choices to King County. In his tenure, Rob created an Equity Cabinet and Mobility Framework to ensure our transit system is centering the needs of communities of color, low-income communities, and people with disabilities. Rob made Metro a nationally recognized transit agency, and received the Best Large Transit Agency in North America award from American Public Transportation Association. Rob has been a great partner to TCC and we will miss his leadership.
🏆 Emmett Heath
We are honored to induct recent Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath into the Transportation Hall of Fame. This summer, Emmett announced retirement after more than 40 years of public service, including 15 years at Community Transit. Emmett has focused his work at Community Transit around community-oriented transit service, connecting people to opportunities throughout Snohomish County and creating a long term vision of transit expansion. He built up the Swift Bus Rapid Transit program, increasing speed and reliability of transit in the region. Throughout the pandemic, Emmett has centered essential travel for those who need it most, now and into the future. Emmett has been a great partner to TCC and we will miss his leadership.
🏆 Small Urban, Rural, and Tribal Center On Mobility
We are honored to induct the Small Urban Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility into our Transportation Hall of Fame. SURTCOM is a U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center that combines work at Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, and the Urban and Regional Planning Program at Eastern Washington University. SURTCOM shares our vision of making mobility options accessible to all and plays a critical role in focusing on the mobility needs of tribal communities and rural communities throughout Eastern Washington and beyond. SURTCOM conducts research and education around tribal and rural transportation, focusing on the specific mobility needs of each community. We learned about SURTCOM’s work through our relationships with tribal transportation organizations such as the Nakani Native Program, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Conference and during our recent transit chat on tribal transportation. Thank you for your dedication to mobility access and equity for all!
🏆 Alliance for a Just Society
We are honored to induct the Alliance for a Just Society into the Transportation Hall of Fame. Federal funding. The Alliance is a national network of 15 racial, social and economic justice organizations nationwide, whose mission is to execute local, state and national campaigns and build strong state affiliate organizations and partnerships that address economic, racial, and social inequities. In the past four months, the hardworking staff at AJS have built a powerful national campaign to save public transit. Through energetic organizing, sharp political analysis, an unmatched understanding of the legislative process, compelling messaging, and unwavering dedication, they have helped establish a common understanding across the US: that transit is essential – and it is an essential part of any congressional COVID relief package – garnering support from the US Senate minority leader to the Democratic Presidential nominee.
Join us at the Transit for All: Answer the Call virtual event!
It’s not too late to reserve your space on Friday, October 2nd and hear from our Hall of Fame inductees!
Join us for an evening of celebration, vision, creativity, and support for more and better transportation choices in Washington! Tune in alongside elected officials, advocates, government officials, coalition partners, and community leaders passionate about our transportation system.
Date | October 2nd, 2020
Time | 6:00 pm – happy half hour, 6:30-7:30 pm Pacific – program
Location | This event is virtual! Register for more info