Big Blue Bus Director Stephanie Negriff Announces Retirement

City Manager Rod Gould accepted the announcement with acknowledgement of Ms. Negriff's accomplishments as Director. Gould said, "I honor Stephanie's deep commitment to public transit, with the majority of her professional time being at the Big Blue Bus. Her dedication and passion are unquestionable. There have been a number of advances in the BBB system during her tenure-most recently a state of the art maintenance facility and equipment."

Negriff rose through the ranks of the BBB to become its director in August 2002. She was first appointed to City service in 1986 and served in various capacities, including assistant director for operations, manager of transit development and intergovernmental relations and senior administrative analyst. Negriff was interim director in October 2001 before being appointed as director. Prior to joining the BBB, she worked with transit agencies in Austin, Texas, St. Louis, Missouri, and Oklahoma City.

In addition to the Downtown Transit Mall, Stephanie was instrumental in the redesign of the award winning BBB maintenance facility that features the latest in sustainable maintenance technologies and materials. The SMC Anytime Any Line, UCLA BruinGo and regional EZ Pass programs have flourished, as a result of the partnerships forged with Santa Monica College, UCLA and LA Metro. She effectively oversaw the conversion of the entire BBB fleet to alternative fuels including adding gas/electric hybrids, bio-diesel, and CNG articulated buses to the fleet. In 1996, Ms. Negriff established the first community outreach program for Big Blue Bus which guided a 30% expansion of BBB transit services. Perhaps one of her greatest achievements was her role in developing regional funding, including negotiating regional funding policies for the distribution of Prop C, Measure R, and other regional formula programs in order to ensure that the City and other municipally owned transit systems obtained their share of regional transit dollars.

"Of course, none of these programs or projects would have been possible without the knowledge, professionalism and dedication of our Big Blue Bus team. Through their commitment to the Big Blue Bus values, teamwork, community service, integrity, innovation and continuous improvement, I have witnessed our operation's transformation to a state of the art and sustainable transit system," Negriff said.

The City has commenced a nationwide search for Ms. Negriff's replacement.

Contact: Kathryn Vernez, Assistant to the City Manager, 310/458-8301, kate.vernez@smgov.net

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