Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

OH: COTA Appoints Vice President, Operations

On April 14, Clinton B. Forbes was appointed to the position of vice president, operations, of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).

Forbes comes to COTA from Jacksonville, Fla. He has 25 years of service in the public sector, more than 10 of which have been spent serving at the senior management level at large public transit authorities.

Most recently Forbes served as president, JAX Transit Management Corp. and director of mass transit at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)/JAX Transit Management Corp (JTM). In this capacity he directed the transit operations of JTA, overseeing approximately 700 employees, and was responsible for the operations of JTA’s fixed-route service, community shuttle service, paratransit operations, skyway operations, maintenance, facilities, service planning and labor.

Prior to JTA, Forbes held senior executive positions in Miami-Dade County, Fla.,, including senior executive at Miami-Dade Transit, executive transportation advisor to the mayor, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor, project and public involvement manager for the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, and deputy clerk of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

“I’m excited to join the Central Ohio Transit Authority, and I’m looking forward to meeting and working with all of the operators and vehicle maintenance professionals that make up this great team,” Forbes said.

Forbes’ significant accomplishments in the transportation industry have been recognized by national organizations such as the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).  In 2013, he was awarded COMTO’s prestigious Industry Innovation and Leadership Award.