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November 4, 2014 > Former AC Transit executives honored

Former AC Transit executives honored

Submitted By Clarence L. Johnson

Alameda County TransitÕs former General Manager Mary King and Cory LaVigne, the agencyÕs former Service Development and Planning Director, were honored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for their Òexceptional contributions to Bay Area transportationÓ during a public ÒExcellence in MotionÓ ceremony held October 22.

King has been given the 2014 Grand Award in recognition of her leadership as Chair of the Bay Bridge Design Task Force that oversaw the public involvement process and selection of the unique self-anchored suspension element (SAS) for the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The new bridge has increased the reliability of the regionÕs transportation network immensely and the SAS is the spanÕs marquee element.

ÒMaryÕs job managing the Bay Bridge Task Force was sort of like being ringmaster of a three-ring circus,Ó noted MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger. ÒMary was a really gifted public official. She is really smart, very funny and incredibly quick on her feet.Ó

LaVigne has been honored posthumously with the Greta Ericson Distinguished Service Award for his long-term, career achievements in transportation. The awards committee was swayed by LaVigneÕs ÒimpressiveÓ and wide-ranging 21-year public service record as everything from bus driver in Illinois to chief transportation planner for AC Transit. In addition, the committee found ÒCory was highly regarded, respected and loved by his co-workers, colleagues (and) peersÉÓ

Together, King and LaVigne amassed a truly incredible record in politics and public service. They were among 17 people, projects and organizations honored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission during the awards ceremony.

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