Hamilton hires new transit director to drive strategic planning

News Oct 30, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

 Hamilton has hired a new transit director to drive the city’s transportation strategic plan over the next few years.

David Dixon had been with the Toronto Transit Commission for over 25 years, most recently as general manager/chief operating officer beforeHamiltonofficials hired him.

“I’m extremely confident (about Dixon),” said Gerry Davis, the city’s public works general manager. “He has the back ground, he knows rail, subways and buses.”

Dixon, said Davis, will be helping to oversee the city’s three month and six to 12-month transit plans, which will involve mayor-elect Fred Eisenberger’s campaign promise to create a citizens’ forum on the benefits of light-rail transit and bus rapid transit. The new director will also be intimately involved in crafting budget projections for council’s 2015 deliberations which will begin within the next three month; outlining the service levels that are needed for the city such as bus service; overseeing a 10-year service plan; filling four new superintendent positions; and implementing the Rapid Ready Report recommendations including growing the city’s transit customer service base.

In addition, said Davis, Dixon will need to assist in the expected labour negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union to hammer out a new contract with the last one scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2014.

Dixonis scheduled to begin his new position Nov. 3. Don Hull, the current transit direct is retiring from the service on Nov. 14.

Hull, who has worked at Hamilton Street Railway for 20 years, was criticized in an arbitrator’s decision last year for mishandling a sexual harassment complaint against a HSR supervisor. In 2013 Hull made $157,787.

Meanwhile,Davissaid he is pleased to welcome the return of Betty Matthews-Malone to the public works department after the departure of Bryan Shynal, director of operations to the city of St. Catharines this past summer. Matthews-Malone had worked for the city of Hamilton prior to leaving to work at Halton Region about a decade ago. She will take over Shynal’s position.

“This is a good news day,” said Davis.

Hamilton hires new transit director to drive strategic planning

News Oct 30, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

 Hamilton has hired a new transit director to drive the city’s transportation strategic plan over the next few years.

David Dixon had been with the Toronto Transit Commission for over 25 years, most recently as general manager/chief operating officer beforeHamiltonofficials hired him.

“I’m extremely confident (about Dixon),” said Gerry Davis, the city’s public works general manager. “He has the back ground, he knows rail, subways and buses.”

Dixon, said Davis, will be helping to oversee the city’s three month and six to 12-month transit plans, which will involve mayor-elect Fred Eisenberger’s campaign promise to create a citizens’ forum on the benefits of light-rail transit and bus rapid transit. The new director will also be intimately involved in crafting budget projections for council’s 2015 deliberations which will begin within the next three month; outlining the service levels that are needed for the city such as bus service; overseeing a 10-year service plan; filling four new superintendent positions; and implementing the Rapid Ready Report recommendations including growing the city’s transit customer service base.

In addition, said Davis, Dixon will need to assist in the expected labour negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union to hammer out a new contract with the last one scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2014.

Dixonis scheduled to begin his new position Nov. 3. Don Hull, the current transit direct is retiring from the service on Nov. 14.

Hull, who has worked at Hamilton Street Railway for 20 years, was criticized in an arbitrator’s decision last year for mishandling a sexual harassment complaint against a HSR supervisor. In 2013 Hull made $157,787.

Meanwhile,Davissaid he is pleased to welcome the return of Betty Matthews-Malone to the public works department after the departure of Bryan Shynal, director of operations to the city of St. Catharines this past summer. Matthews-Malone had worked for the city of Hamilton prior to leaving to work at Halton Region about a decade ago. She will take over Shynal’s position.

“This is a good news day,” said Davis.

Hamilton hires new transit director to drive strategic planning

News Oct 30, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

 Hamilton has hired a new transit director to drive the city’s transportation strategic plan over the next few years.

David Dixon had been with the Toronto Transit Commission for over 25 years, most recently as general manager/chief operating officer beforeHamiltonofficials hired him.

“I’m extremely confident (about Dixon),” said Gerry Davis, the city’s public works general manager. “He has the back ground, he knows rail, subways and buses.”

Dixon, said Davis, will be helping to oversee the city’s three month and six to 12-month transit plans, which will involve mayor-elect Fred Eisenberger’s campaign promise to create a citizens’ forum on the benefits of light-rail transit and bus rapid transit. The new director will also be intimately involved in crafting budget projections for council’s 2015 deliberations which will begin within the next three month; outlining the service levels that are needed for the city such as bus service; overseeing a 10-year service plan; filling four new superintendent positions; and implementing the Rapid Ready Report recommendations including growing the city’s transit customer service base.

In addition, said Davis, Dixon will need to assist in the expected labour negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union to hammer out a new contract with the last one scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2014.

Dixonis scheduled to begin his new position Nov. 3. Don Hull, the current transit direct is retiring from the service on Nov. 14.

Hull, who has worked at Hamilton Street Railway for 20 years, was criticized in an arbitrator’s decision last year for mishandling a sexual harassment complaint against a HSR supervisor. In 2013 Hull made $157,787.

Meanwhile,Davissaid he is pleased to welcome the return of Betty Matthews-Malone to the public works department after the departure of Bryan Shynal, director of operations to the city of St. Catharines this past summer. Matthews-Malone had worked for the city of Hamilton prior to leaving to work at Halton Region about a decade ago. She will take over Shynal’s position.

“This is a good news day,” said Davis.