Rick Cain, administrator of the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) and director of the city of Oklahoma City’s Public Transportation and Parking department has announced that he will retire effective Feb. 20.
Cain, 66, has been the administrator/director since December, 2004. During his tenure, Cain revitalized COTPA’s unprofitable downtown public parking system, produced Central Oklahoma’s first Fixed Guideway Plan – a regional 25-year long-range public transit plan, introduced a new river ferry transit service – Oklahoma River Cruises – and recently developed a comprehensive strategy for reforming Oklahoma City’s existing public transit service.
“Rick’s innovative spirit and consensus-building leadership style helped us manage through some complex and challenging conditions,” City Manager Jim Couch said. “He leaves this agency as a stronger, more efficient organization that is well prepared to fulfill our mission of enhancing quality of life and keeping Oklahoma City moving forward together.”
COTPA Board Chair, Chris Kauffman, praised Cain for his extraordinary service to the agency.
“A lot has changed during Rick’s 23 year transit career, from the technological evolution of bus vehicles and parking meters to the introduction of River Ferry Transit service in Oklahoma City. Because of his exemplary leadership, he has positioned COTPA as a vital community partner in planning for Central Oklahoma’s future development. He has brought a much better understanding of how public transportation integrates with, supports, and makes possible, community and local economic development programs. Rick has been a true friend and distinguished leader to the Board and Trustees and we wish him a great retirement. He will be missed.”
Throughout Cain’s transit career he has actively served on numerous local, regional and national committees and commissions. He was named Transportation Professional of the Year by the Oklahoma Transit Association.
“I feel very privileged to have served the city of Oklahoma City for over 23 years. I have worked with amazing people and seen tremendous progress in fulfilling the vision for a vibrant city. So, it is with a sense of accomplishment and some regret that I step away from the duties of the City and focus more on family and home.”
A national search for Cain’s replacement is underway.