Change in the CDTA driver's seat

cdta busWe're still awaiting on official confirmation, but word is Ray Melleady, CDTA's executive director, is resigning at the end of this month to take a job in the private sector. (Melleady has apparently now confirmed this to the Daily Gazette.)

There's been a lot going on at CDTA over the last few years. The single-ride fare went up 50 cents in April. Ridership has been trending upward. And the org is working on its new Bus Rapid Transit system that will run along Rt 5 between Albany and Schenectady.

Melleady's farewell email after the jump.

(Thanks, Anonymous and others)

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To all CDTA Staff,

It is with mixed feelings that I announce my resignation from the position of Executive Director at CDTA effective August 31st. Reluctant to leave a great organization at such a critical time in our history and excited about the tremendous personal and professional opportunity that lies ahead as I transition into the private sector. I have accepted an offer for the position of Vice President for Neopart, LLC., an international aftermarket parts distribution firm for the transportation industry specializing in inventory control and logistics.

These past five plus years with CDTA have been filled with experiences and memories that I will value well beyond my time here. I leave knowing that we have made CDTA a better place for our employees and the people that we exist to serve. Some of the improvements are visible in our fleets and in our image to public, but the most important in my mind are the investments that we have made in building workforce capacity. I could not have worked for a better Board of Directors and with better employees.

It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve CDTA and work with the extraordinary people who champion the Authority's mission each and every day. I will be available in each of the divisions over the next several days to speak with as many of you as possible. I will be forwarding my contact information as the month draws to a close.

Thank you for your support and I truly appreciate having had the opportunity to work with all of you.

Ray Melleady

Comments

That's too bad. I thought Melleady had a strong vision for CDTA. I saw him speak once and outline a multi-year plan for mass transit in this area, and I found it inspiring.

Oh no! Hopefully he'll keep the Philly Pretzel Factory that he owns in Clifton Park open! It's the important things that keep me up at night, folks.

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