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COTA highlighted in Mass Transit Magazine for best practices

(Office of the Governor) — The Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority or COTA was recently featured in Mass Transit Magazine’s best practices section for professional development.

Mass Transit is the only magazine exclusively dedicated to public transportation in the United States. The publication focuses on public transportation leaders from around the country to showcase their best practices and give their firsthand accounts on addressing transportation needs for a given community. It provides industry professionals the information and advice they need for success.

COTA was highlighted in the magazine for its collaboration with the Department of Transportation Services of the City and County of Honolulu. The department serves the whole island of Oahu in Hawaii and operates The Bus, The Hand-Van, and the Honolulu Rail Transit.

Jon Y. Nouchi, deputy director of the Department of Transportation Services, said that collaboration with other transit agencies allows in a greater sharing of successes and learning from setbacks.

“Why should cities and agencies reinvent the proverbial wheel when collaboration can save everyone time and money, recognizing the value of best practices and lessons learned before proceeding down a project path? The city and county of Honolulu has recently collaborated with the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While they are geographically closer to Asia than the United States, they are managed via the same Federal Transit Administration Region as Hawai‘i. Saipan is currently in the planning stages to bring much-needed fixed-route transit to their island. Looking at the similarities between our places, it is natural to share Honolulu’s over 100 years of public transit experience with Saipan. We plan to welcome their teams to Honolulu and travel to Saipan to conduct peer reviews. Again, this natural networking and sharing through travel presents so much value to both places,” he added.

Special Assistant for Transportation Alfreda P. Camacho emphasized that collaborations with partner transit agencies creates more innovative ways to effectively address transportation needs in the CNMI.

She noted that continual discussions with similar agencies like Honolulu’s will lead to a better transportation system for the CNMI.

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres said that COTA is doing its best to better provide its existing services, while creating innovative ways to effectively bring a modernized transportation system to the CNMI.

“COTA is doing everything it can to make sure it continues to serve its riders and partner agencies. Alfreda and her team have shown a lot of growth and continue to be open-minded to new ideas and best practices so they can provide better services for everyone. Access to transportation is the one of the most important factors in an individual’s ability to escape poverty and seek out more economic opportunities like finding a job or attending a class. We will continue to make sure this vision of having a full-fledged transit system becomes a reality,” Governor Torres said.

For more information on COTA’s article on Mass Transit Magazine, please go to:

http://www.masstransitmag.com/article/12359184/best-practices-professional-development