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Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson is New Virginia Transit Association President

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson. (Zebra File photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In a press release this morning, the Virginia Transit Association (VTA) announced its unanimous election of The Honorable Justin Wilson as President of the Association.

Wilson, who is the current mayor of the City of Alexandria, previously served 8 years on the City Council and as Vice Mayor.  Wilson represents the City regionally on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and served as the Chair of the Alexandria Transit Company Board of Directors which operates the City’s DASH bus service.  Wilson is employed by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) as a Senior Director.

The VTA also unanimously elected The Honorable Deanna Reed as Vice President of the Association.

Ms. Reed was sworn into office for Harrisonburg City Council on January 3, 2017, and then selected by her fellow council members as mayor. Becoming mayor of Harrisonburg made her the first African American female mayor in Harrisonburg’s history. Mayor Reed currently serves as the Director of Community and School Partnerships for On the Road Collaborative, a non-profit youth empowerment organization. She serves as a council representative on the Virginia Municipal League Legislative Committee, Virginia Municipal League Human Development and Education Committee.

The Honorable John McGlennon will transition to becoming our Immediate Past President. Mr. McGlennon serves on the James City County Board of Supervisors representing the Jamestown District. He joined the Government Department Faculty at the College of William and Mary in 1974 and is currently a Professor of Government.  Mr. McGlennon serves as Chairman of the Virginia Transit Service Delivery Advisory Committee (TSDAC) where he has been the appointed representative for the Virginia Association of Counties since 2013.

William Harrell, CEO and President of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), was reelected as Treasurer.

Josh Baker, CEO and General Manager of the Alexandria Transit Company (DASH Bus) was reelected as Secretary.

VTA is a nonprofit corporation of transit professionals from public and private organizations; it includes transit systems from across the state, businesses that serve transit systems and local government officials and organizations concerned about transportation, mobility, affordable access to employment and quality of life issues.

Founded in 1977, the Virginia Transit Association (VTA) provides public education and legislative advocacy to support public transportation throughout the Commonwealth.

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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