(Marietta, Ga. – Oct. 23, 2015) Cobb County Government has appointed Vida Y. Covington as general manager of Cobb Community Transit and deputy director of the Cobb Department of Transportation. Covington joined the county in late September and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in rail, fixed route and para-transit operations, emergency response, customer service, marketing and service planning and development. Covington’s experience also includes policy development, strategic and business planning and budget preparation and monitoring.
“We are excited to have someone of Vida’s caliber working with us in DOT and CCT,” Cobb DOT Director Faye DiMassimo said. “As our transit service is being reinvented with a new look and name change to CobbLinc, it is exciting to have innovative leadership to guide CCT with the best practices available.”
Covington served as the deputy chief operations officer for Maryland Transit Administration before coming to Cobb. There, she led and managed the daily operating activities of a multi-faceted, multi modal statewide public transportation system. She was responsible for service delivery of local bus, subway, light rail and para-transit services.
Prior to that, Covington served as director of operations support services for Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority in Seattle from 2009 to 2014, manager of operations administration for Charlotte Area Transit System from 2000 to 2009, transit services planner/outreach specialist for the Greensboro Transit Authority from 1994 to 2000 and transportation associate at COMSIS Corporation from 1992 to 1994.
Covington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Transportation from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has also received training in Federal Transit Authority rail system safety, Leadership APTA (which is the American Public Transportation Association’s premier professional development program), Insights Leadership Excellence for Women and Challenge Greensboro Leadership Program.
She is a member of many professional associations, including service as past vice chair of the Diversity Council for APTA and as inaugural president and founding member of the North Carolina chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.
CCT is the ninth largest transit system in the nation and provides regional connectivity to MARTA. The transit service operates more than 100 full size buses on 16 routes, covering more than 750 bus stops and about 10,160 route miles per day. In 2013, CCT buses provided service for more than 3.6 million passenger trips. For more information, visit cobbcounty.org/cct.