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Head of HART to Step Down

Katharine Eagan | HART | Transportation

She will be taking on a transit leadership role in a new community, according to HART.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has announced that Chief Executive Officer Katharine Eagan will depart the agency after nearly eight years of service, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and a strong foundation for future growth.

“Katharine Eagan has done an outstanding job running Hillsborough County’s transit agency,” said HART Board Chair and County Commissioner Lesley “Les” Miller. “We are deeply grateful for her leadership and proud of the many strides we made as an agency during her time as HART CEO. Eagan helped lead a new era for HART which is cutting edge, fiscally responsible, and customer focused. Efforts that have earned her the respect of many in the Tampa Bay community.”

Eagan joined HART as its chief operating officer in 2009. During her tenure, from 2010 to 2015, ridership increased more than 20 percent and farebox recovery increased more than 25 percent.

Since taking the helm as CEO, Eagan has worked with the HART Board of Directors to balance the Authority’s budget, improve efficiencies, implement innovative transit solutions, and enhance the overall customer experience. HART has greatly expanded public-private partnerships with entities such as MegaBus, Red Coach, Coast Bike Share, Yellow Cab, and TransDev, and HART is continuing to pursue partnerships that provide travel options beyond traditional buses.

In November 2016, HART partnered with Innovation Place and various sponsors to add four Tesla X model vehicles into the HART HyperLINK program. Donations from these sponsors paid for the entire cost of placing these all-electric vehicles into service in the University Area. Recently, HART selected Stantec/Coast Autonomous team to provide Autonomous Mobility Services for the Marion Street Transitway. The Autonomous Shuttle coming to the Marion Street Transitway in early 2018 is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation and will be the first implementation in the U.S. of a driverless transit vehicle on open public streets.

“The agency’s future is bright, its leadership is strong and HART is devoted to delivering best-in-class transit services that connect many communities throughout Hillsborough County,” Eagan said. “What HART has been able to achieve in the last three and a half years has been a collective effort reflective of the dedication of the entire HART team.”

Eagan was awarded the Florida Diversity Council’s 2016 Powerful and Influential Women award and WTS 2016 Woman of the Year by Women in Transportation Seminar. She was a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Businesswoman of the Year award in 2014 and 2016 and the winner in 2016 in the Economic Development category.

Eagan will be taking on a transit leadership role in a new community; an announcement will be forthcoming.

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