Communication key to transit future

July 9th, 2013 by Ken

New Intercity Transit General Manager Ann Freeman Manzanares said her future goal is better communication between Intercity Transit and the community.  “I think we can do a better job of letting the community know what we can do and how we can help.”

Freeman Manzanares made that statement on Decision Makers, Tuesday morning on AM 1240 KGY Radio.

She was speaking about helping business and other organizations do transportation planning.

Freeman Manzanares has been on the job as general manager about a month and a half but has been employed by Intercity Transit for nearly 20 years.

She had good things to say about her predecessor Mike Harbour who managed Intercity Transit as it was named the top transit system in the county.   “I think we can do that again,” she said.  “We have great staff and a great management team.”

The new transit general manager said her biggest concern was financial.   The system has a $47 million dollar budget of primarily sales tax revenue, which makes up 80 percent of the budget.   Freeman Manzanares pointed out that sales tax revenue is a shaky source of revenue.   She also said the federal government has cut back some forms of monetary assistance, particularly for the purchase of new equipment.

For the full interview, click on Decision Makers above.

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