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Public-transit guru Bingaman motors for private sector

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Ehren Bingaman, executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, plans to leave the quasi-governmental organization for a position in the private sector.

Bingaman will join architecture and engineering firm HNTB Indiana as director of planning. A date for the transition has not yet been finalized, according to CIRTA.

Created by state statute in 2004, CIRTA is charged with coordinating public transit services throughout central Indiana. Bingaman has been one of the primary voices supporting a proposed mass-transit plan for the area, as the issue entered and then stalled this year in the Indiana General Assembly.

“His diplomacy skills, combined with his urban planning knowledge and communications savvy, were invaluable to the board as we moved forward the discussion of improving and expanding mass transit in Central Indiana,” said CIRTA board chair Christine Altman.

CIRTA is one of three lead partners in Indy Connect, the initiative to develop the comprehensive transportation plan for central Indiana. CIRTA also operates the Indy Express Bus Service between Carmel and downtown Indianapolis, and oversees the Commuter Connect regional rideshare program.

“On a personal level, I will continue to champion the message that mass transit is critical to Central Indiana’s future as a prosperous, competitive region,” Bingaman said in a prepared statement.

The CIRTA board plans to refine the executive director job description and begin a search to replace Bingaman, who joined the organization in 2007.

“We’re at a critical juncture in our mission to improve and expand mass transit in the region,” Altman said. “We need a strong executive director to help us continue the work.”
 

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