Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Wave Transit hires new executive director

Wave Transit has a new executive director, Mark Hairr, slated to start in September. (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands)

WILMINGTON — The Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority board of directors has selected the next leader of Wave Transit.

Mark Hairr, departing his executive director position at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s parking and transportation department, is expected to begin his new role in early September. He brings with him more than 30 years of experience spanning public transportation, university transportation, public policy, and urban planning.

“Mark comes to us after an exhaustive search done by a nationally recognized firm,” City of Wilmington manager and CFPTA board chairman Tony Caudle said in a press release. “After putting Mark through a rigorous interview process, the board unanimously selected him as the right person for the job.”

Under Hairr’s leadersihip as general manager of Knoxville Area Transit in Tennessee, the system won Most Outstanding Transit System of the Year by the American Public Transportation Association.

Over the last few years, Wave Transit has added new services in response to the community’s growth and evolving needs.

“Mark is someone who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position having worked in public transportation for many years,” New Hanover County manager and CFPTA vice chairman Chris Coudriet said in a press release.

Over the last few years, Wave Transit has added new services in response to the community’s growth and evolving needs.

“I’m elated to be joining Wave Transit as executive director and helping build upon their recent success to elevate public transportation to even greater heights in the future,” Hairr said in a press release. “Public transportation is a critical factor in the economic health of the community, and I look forward to working with the Transportation Authority Board, staff, and many other partners and stakeholders on positioning Wave Transit to be one of the premier systems in the country.”


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