City of Hamilton hires new transit director

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Published June 21, 2021 at 11:09 am

The City of Hamilton announced Monday (June 21) that it has hired a new Transit Director.

Maureen Cosyn Heath, who has extensive transit experience in other Ontario municipalities, is set to take over the role from Debbie Dalle Vedove, who is retiring this summer.

According to a City press release, Heath has served as the original chief administrative officer at Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services (SOSTS) since 2008 and before that, spent 10 years in leadership positions at the London Transit Commission, including manager of customer service and manager of operations.

““I am pleased to welcome Maureen to the City of Hamilton,” said Dan McKinnon, GM of Public Works in the release.

“I am confident that her technical expertise, industry knowledge and collaborative leadership style will be a great asset to the Transit Division as it continues to navigate the ongoing pandemic and plan for future growth in Hamilton.”

Heath joins the leadership team just as the City is poised to enter into an agreement with the province and the federal government to build Hamilton’s much debated and anticipated LRT.

Last week, Hamilton’s General Issues committee voted in favour of a motion put forward by Mayor Fred Eisenberger that directs City staff “to meet with Metrolinx, the Ministry of Transportation and other governmental entities, as required, to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Hamilton Light Rail Transit project.”

If the project gets off the ground, upwards of 29 buses from the HSR’s B-Line Express route will be taken off the road and the operating hours of the King and Delaware bus routes will likely be cut by one third.

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