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James River Transit Director Selected to Study in South America

Posted: Nov 1, 2004

The transit director for Wells, Sheridan and Stutsman counties has been selected for an international trip to study transit in Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador.

Carol Wright is executive director of James River Transit and Wells/Sheridan Transit headquartered in Jamestown. She left for the 16-day trip on Wednesday, Oct. 20, and will be accompanied by a dozen other transit professionals from across the United States. Each participant on the tour will be assigned a topic to study during the tour and will report findings through journal papers when they return.

The tour will feature stops in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Sao Paulo in Brazil; Santiago in Chile and Quito in Argentina.

Wright has directed transit in the three counties for 10 years. As director of James River Senior Citizens Center, Inc. she also oversees senior meal services and outreach in those counties as well. She was selected for the trip after being nominated by the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, part of North Dakota State University's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.

"Under Carol's direction, James River Transit has been an innovator in improving the mobility of area residents, particularly those with special needs," says Jill Hough, author of the nomination that came from NDSU. "We anticipate that she will return with a new perspectives and ideas for providing transit to residents in the region."

The trip is coordinated by the Eno Transportation Foundation on behalf of the Federal Transit Administration. The foundation is designed to foster innovative thinking and unbiased discussion about transportation issues.

UGPTI news release
Oct. 26, 2004

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