Director of Planning and Communications
Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority
Jeff Flynn has worked in the transit industry for his entire career. He was a student at UC Davis, and worked as a bus driver for Unitrans, the student-run bus agency for Davis, Calif. During his tenure at UC Davis, he rose through the ranks to road supervisor and then worked in the office managing the administration and supervising other students. At graduation, he was responsible for overseeing the business office, planning and marketing.
Flynn went on to work for the Nelson/Nygaard consulting firm for several years. As a transit planner/consultant, he focused on short-range transit plans for transit agencies throughout California. He was also the project manager for Alameda County’s Guaranteed Ride Home program, a commuter benefit program operated by Nelson/Nygaard.
In 2009, Flynn was hired as planning director for Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority
(LAVTA) in Livermore, Calif. He oversees route planning, scheduling, ADA transportation, fleet management and technical services such as AVL and ITS. In early 2011, LAVTA re-organized and Flynn assumed responsibility for marketing and communications functions, as well as his planning functions. Since starting at LAVTA, his primary focus has been implementing LAVTA’s bus rapid transit (BRT) program, the Rapid. As project manager, Flynn oversaw the construction phase across three cities and successful launch of the new service in January 2011. The service features transit signal priority, frequent service, limited stops, unique branding and improved passenger amenities.
“I love the creativity that comes with transit planning. A street map is a blank canvas and a puzzle where I get to create a transit system that will effectively and efficiently get passengers where they need to go.”
“As public transit professionals, it’s our job to continually improve our services and focus in on what works and what doesn’t in order to provide viable transportation alternatives to the public. Simply sticking with the status quo won’t get the American public onto the bus.”