HART COO Katharine Eagan named on Mass Transit's top 40 under 40 list

As many people know, funding for transit agencies like HART and PSTA continue to get smaller, while demands for service are growing.

In a statement, Eager acknowledged that, saying, "Like most transit properties in the United States, HART is doing more with less — operators, maintenance staff, customer service representatives and administrative support — while providing 40 percent more trips compared to 2006, when HART had the same level of funding as it does today. Therefore, to be recognized by peers facing the same challenges is very humbling."

In addition to monthly increases, HART'S bus ridership increased 3 percent during the second quarter of 2012 (April-June), which is above the national average of nearly 1 percent.

  • Katharine Eagan

Katharine Eagan, the Chief Operating Officer for HART, was listed on Mass Transit magazine's Top 40 Under 40 list.

The trade publication, which touts itself as the only such entity dedicated to public transportation, made the announcement on Tuesday.

Eagan has been with the Hillsborough County transit agency since 2009, when she took over as Chief of Service Development; a year ago she was promoted to COO. She started at HART after working at the Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore, as well as public transit agencies in Dallas and San Angelo, Texas.

In a press release, Eagan's boss — HART CEO Philip Hale — said, "Personally, she is the most intelligent transit professional that I have worked with in my 39-year career. I am confident Ms. Eagan will continue to be an innovative leader in the transit industry, and a dedicated public servant to this community as significant transit improvements are implemented in the near future, such as MetroRapid North-South."

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