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C-TRAN to offer fare-free service Thursday

VANCOUVER — C-TRAN is inviting Clark County residents to “dump the pump” and take public transportation on June 15, as part of national Dump the Pump Day. To encourage people to ride locally, C-TRAN will provide free service across its entire system for the day.

The fare-free day will apply to all C-TRAN routes and services, including Local, Regional and Express routes, plus C-VAN and the Connector. If you haven’t used public transit before — or perhaps it’s been a while — consider it a good opportunity to give public transportation a try.

C-TRAN is inviting Clark County residents to "dump the pump" and take public transportation on June 15, as part of national Dump the Pump Day. Photo by Mike Schultz
C-TRAN is inviting Clark County residents to “dump the pump” and take public transportation on June 15, as part of national Dump the Pump Day. Photo by Mike Schultz

For regular riders and pass holders, C-TRAN staff will be at 99th Street Transit Center and Fisher’s Landing Transit Center from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. offering an extra thank you, including free coffee and other giveaways. Staff will also be at the Vancouver Mall Transit Center later in the day.

Dump the Pump Day, now in its 12th year nationally, encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) to save money. Choosing transit over a daily commute by car can save a household more than $9,000 per year, according to the American Public Transportation Association. But the benefits are more than financial: Transit also provides an environmentally friendly mode of travel that accounts for a huge reduction in carbon emissions each year. Transit can improve traffic congestion. Transit riders can enjoy a more relaxed or productive trip while someone else does the driving. And transit riders are a powerful economic force — a recent APTA study found that nearly 90 percent of public transit trips directly impact the economy.

The C-TRAN Board of Directors approved fare-free service for Dump the Pump Day along with other upcoming special events during its April meeting.

C-TRAN board officially hires Shawn Donaghy

The C-TRAN Board of Directors has officially hired Shawn M. Donaghy as the agency’s next executive director/CEO, approving a three-year contract on June 2.

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Shawn Donaghy

Donaghy, 38, is a third-generation transportation executive and joins C-TRAN from the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Fort Worth, Texas, where he served as chief operating officer. In that role, Donaghy oversaw fixed route operations, paratransit operations, maintenance, information technology, safety and risk management, security and transit police, service scheduling, vanpool/contract management, and key performance/regulatory metrics. Prior to that position, Donaghy served as the Chief Operations Officer for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Donaghy has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University. In 2016, he was named one of Mass Transit’s Top 40-Under-40.

Donaghy’s contract includes a base salary of $176,250. He will start as C-TRAN’s executive director/CEO on Mon., June 26.

Jeff Hamm, C-TRAN’s current executive director/CEO, will retire at the end of June after more than 10 years leading the agency. Hamm’s tenure at C-TRAN has included numerous notable achievements, including the launch of The Vine, the region’s first bus rapid transit system, in January.

Information in this report provided by C-TRAN.

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