Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Barbara Varnum Schwartzfisher, new TBTA Executive Director, started August 25, 2014.  She will serve as a liaison between the TBTA Board of Directors and it third party operator, Prells Services. 
 
The Executive Director is a new position and it will be working with Prells Services and its employees.
 
Barb indicated she is thrilled to be here.  She has noticed how the employees are so willing to go above and beyond and she looks forward to being a part of the team.  She indicated that the service from her viewpoint is great.
  
Barb previously served as Executive Director of the Beaver Island Transportation Authority. 
 
When discussing the new Executive Director position, president of the TBTA Board of Directors, Greg Sundin, says, "It's one that's needed."  The board members were often performing the tasks of an executive director, and that's not their role. 
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Thunder Bay Transportation - Dial-A-Ride - Celebrates 1 Millionth Rider

Back row: Jamie Zolneriek (DART Dispatcher), Angie Dubie (TBTA Scheduler), Robert Timmerick,
                 Billi Edmonds (General Manager), Tom Macklem (TBTA Driver)
Front row: Diana Torsch (Admin Asst/TBTA Scheduler), Kristy Bailey (TBTA Mobility Coordinator)
Inset:        Paul Wyman (DART Driver)
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Thunder Bay Transportation - Dial-A-Ride - Celebrates 1 Millionth Rider
     Alpena, MI:  Thunder Bay Transportation Authority (Dial-A-Ride) celebrated their one millionth rider, Robert Timmerick, on Friday, August 1, 2014, according to General Manager Billi Edmonds.  TBTA merged into the Authority in October, 2006 after formally operating under Thunder Bay Transportation Corporation since 1981, and the City of Alpena's Dial-A-Ride system since 1974.
 
     Robert received his ride from Paul Wyman, who has been a Dial-A-Ride driver since 2011.  Robert was surprised to receive a TBTA tote filled with gifts, local business gift certificates and over forty (40) free ride vouchers.  Robert said he is looking forward to using the vouchers for  rides to enjoy some good food, get his groceries and shop at the local businesses.
 
     On behalf of TBTA, Edmonds welcomed the opportunity to show long-time rider Robert how much TBTA appreciates his loyalty and patience with the system especially on the busy days such as today, being the 1st of the month.  As the ridership for Dial-A-Ride continues to grow each month - averaging over 6% growth or 700 more calls per month, Edmonds says that the reason that they continue to be successful is due to the excellent team of drivers, dispatchers and support staff that show professionalism and pride in their work each and every day in both TBTA & DART.  "Without our staff working so hard, day in & day out, we would not be able to do what we do each day - come rain, snow or extreme heat.  They are the back-bone of our organization and we greatly value their hard work and efforts."
 
     Reaching this substantial milestone has been a great accomplishment according to Edmonds.  "We recognize that the community - our riders - have a lot of confidence in us as shown by the increase in ridership over the past couple of years.  We work hard to provide quality trips for a low rate and get people to their destination safely.  We know that our biggest challenge is getting people picked up as quickly as possible but with the increased ridership, it has the tendency to cause a longer wait time.  We are working on that every day trying to get our wait times down to 45 min or less."  Edmonds said.  "We recognize that our loyal customers, like Mr. Timmerick, are the reason that we are successful - they have a lot of confidence in us and we are thankful for that every day.  We will continue to move forward with our great staff, safe & clean buses, a new route this fall, a new facility next year and lots of happy riders, like Robert, along the way."  Edmonds added that TBTA is always looking for individuals willing to join their team as drivers & dispatchers - people who are willing to make a difference in the community helping riders like Robert who depend on the buses each day.
 
Posted August 7, 2014
 If you live in or near the City of Alpena, call (989) 356-4596 to schedule a ride. 

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