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Bart Reed

Bart Reed, Executive Director, The Transit Coalition
Bart Reed is a nationwide advocate for effective transportation systems and solutions. Reed addresses citizen and community groups about public transportation issues, including autos, rail, bus, bicycles, roads, toll lanes, ADA, goods movement and rail / pedestrian safety.

Reed current runs the California State University, Northridge Transportation Tiger Team Internship Program in partnership with the University.

Reed has served as a consultant to the CEO of Metrolink to provide an independent review, assessment and strategic look at the SCRRA service plan and schedule.

In the railroad safety capacity, Reed was a member of the Metrolink Peer Review Rail Safety Panel. Reed is versed in Heavy and Light Rail operations, construction issues, transportation planning, economic and community development, the EIR/S process, urban design and station area planning and was a key figure in bringing the Exposition Light Rail from concept to reality.

Reed travels to Washington, DC and Sacramento to educate elected representatives on rail and bus transportation issues. He produces and conducts outreach programs and meetings to demonstrate support for public transit initiatives and investment. Reed developed and manages a transit e-mail list with 5,000+ transportation contacts and edits and publishes a weekly e-newsletter and a monthly print newsletter Moving Southern California. Reed has been published on the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and the Los Angeles Daily News. He also appears in CityWatch. He is frequently quoted in electronic and print media as an expert for his knowledge in the transportation field.

Reed was the initial founder of the Golden State Jobs Coalition, whose mission is to bring green jobs to the Northeast San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

Reed maintains an extensive community presence with involvement in organizations including: Valley Vote, Friends4Expo, Light Rail for Cheviot, Friends of the Green Line, Friends of the Red Line, Sylmar Neighborhood Council, Sierra Club Transportation and Political Committee.

He is an appointee to the City of Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Council representing Council District 7 and was a charter member of the Caltrans District 7 BAC. As a community activist, Reed works with L.A. City Councilmember Richard Alarcon’s office on neighborhood projects involving ADA issues, clean up and visual blight. He also serves on the Board of TRAC, Train Riders Association of California and is a member of NARP, National Association of Rail Passengers.

Previously, Reed has worked as the Membership Executive for the Sylmar Chamber of Commerce where he was responsible for rebuilding a deceased organization and developed a successful series of monthly programs, a monthly newsletter, a website and brought in over 50 new members in 9 months.

He also served as a Councilmember on the Metro SFV Service Sector Governance Council and on the Board of Directors of the Sylmar Chamber of Commerce.

Previously Reed has served on the MTA Passenger Advisory Committee in the northeast San Fernando Valley and was involved in the Sylmar Community Coordinating Council. Reed is an expert in public bus and rail transit and is frequently quoted in the Los Angeles Times, La Opinión, Hoy, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Los Angeles Daily News, North Valley Reporter, NPR, the L.A. Business Journal and the S.F. Valley Business Journal. His commitment to and thorough understanding of public transportation is supported through his practice as an actual rail and bus rider.

Reed, a resident of Sylmar, is a Los Angeles native who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He graduated the Valley Leadership Institute in June 2003. A graduate of Los Angeles Valley College, Reed studied Journalism and Marketing at California State University, Northridge. Reed was integral in the development of the Recreational Transit System while working for Congressman Barry M. Goldwater, Jr. and continued his work in the transportation sector as a Board Analyst for Southern California Rapid Transit District Director, Victor M. Carter.

In addition to his extensive work on transportation issues, Reed has an in depth background in manufacturing, printing, publishing and graphics.

The Transit Coalition is not affiliated with any public entity or private organization.
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