The new Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority CEO’s resume reads like a menu of transit options people in the Tampa Bay region have been clamoring over for decades.
Gold star BRT? Check.
Light rail? Check.
Transit Oriented Development? Check.
First-mile/last-mile? Pedestrian and bicyclist paths? New revenue plans? Check, check and check.
HART entered contract negotiations with Benjamin Limmer February 1 and settled on salary and worked out the details of his new job earlier this month. Limmer will earn $210,000 base salary. His predecessor, Katharine Eagan, received $183,000.
Limmer most recently worked for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) as its No. 2 where he was in charge of coordinating all of the region’s transit and service planning. Before that, he was the Transportation Director for Atlanta BeltLine, a separate transit development planning organization with an eye toward first-mile/last-mile solutions.
Limmer has also held leadership roles in transit agencies in Cleveland and Phoenix where he focused on bus rapid transit and light rail, respectively.
So when Limmer says he’s prepared to take HART into its next, better-funded chapter, he’s got the resume to back up whatever the agency decides to do.
“I’m entirely committed