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Transportation Staff Changes

This spring saw a number of changes to the staff of the TMACOG Transportation department. Project Planner Diane Reamer-Evans retired after a long and productive career. She had been at TMACOG since 1993. Two new planners were hired in May. Mike Fuller and Rebekka Apardian have begun work with the title of Planner I.


Mike Fuller
Mike Fuller is taking on population projections and analysis of real time traffic data. His work will inform modeling projects and ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) planning. Rebekka Apardian will assume responsibilities in long range planning and for the Passenger Rail & Public Transit Committee. Both Mike and Rebekka will work on the Share A Ride program.

Mike completed his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at Calvin College in Michigan where he was on the baseball team. He is currently finishing up his master’s degree in Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo. A summer studying in Berlin cemented his interest in urban planning. The transportation system and urban density he saw in that city is something he’d like to help create here. Before coming to TMACOG, he was an intern at the Toledo Fair Housing Center where he worked on mapping and data analysis. Mike is also a part of the regional transportation system; he has been an Uber driver for about a year.

Rebekka Apardian
Rebekka completed her undergraduate work in Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo after trial and error in the chemistry and pharmacy fields. She said that when she found that there was a degree program in planning “it fit perfectly.” She completed her master’s in city and regional planning from the Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University. A native Toledoan, she returned to the area after graduate school in part because of the Chessie Circle Trail. “It’s exciting to see the bicycle trail system coming together,” she said. Rebekka is getting firsthand knowledge of the public transportation system in the region by using TARTA for her work commute. “It’s very convenient for me,” she said but noted, “I’m studying how the transit system works and I have some ideas about how to improve it.”

 

 



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