Jared Forte, an employee of Veolia Transportation, is the assistant general manager for Lextran. Forte oversees the operations, maintenance and procurement departments for Lextran, but began his public transit career as a transportation planner at Gary Public Transportation Corp. (GPTC) in Indiana.
In 2000, Forte was promoted to director of Planning and Marketing at GPTC. During his tenure he launched the GPTC website (www.gptcbus.com) and served as project manager for a comprehensive route analysis and a traffic signal preemption project in collaboration with the city. In addition, Forte was responsible for compliance with Title IV requirements, acquiring bus advertising, and managing GPTC’s marketing and promotions programs.
In 2007, Forte was hired by Professional Transit Management as assistant general manager for Lextran, where he has been the driving force behind many of Lextran’s major accomplishments. He has written grant applications which have resulted in the securement of more than $10 million dollars in funding for construction projects, three new trolley vehicles and electronic fare collection equipment.
Forte also implemented online pass sales and credit card processing in addition to an online customer comment form, and worked tirelessly to make Lextran route information available via Google Transit. He served as the project manager for the 2008 Comprehensive Operational Analysis and downtown Trolley study as well as the ongoing ITS project.
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