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April 11, 2011



Patricia Harris-Morehead, (615) 880-3943

Wendy Smith, (615) 862-6194

Changes made to MTA, RTA organizational structure

NASHVILLE – As part of an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and providing the most efficient services, several personnel changes have been made to the organizational structure of both the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).
MTA assumed management of the RTA ‘s Music City Star and regional bus services in December of 2008.
Lora Baulsir, who most recently served as director of customer care for the MTA and chief administrative officer for the RTA, now serves as the full-time General Manager of the RTA. In this role, Lora will work directly with contractors of the RTA and the CEO, while continuing to work closely with the RTA Board. She has been with MTA since 1981, serving first as executive secretary, benefits administrator and director of human resources for 19 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Freed Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.
Bob Baulsir, who previously served as chief operating officer, now serves as General Manager of Administration for MTA and RTA. He is now responsible for supervising personnel in the training, scheduling, human resources, procurement, information technology, customer care and AccessRide departments. Bob has more than 30 years of professional experience with public agencies, including transit organizations in Tennessee and Ohio. He has been with MTA since June 1999 when he came on board as the director of maintenance. Bob possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.
Dawn Distler, who most recently served as operations manager, has been promoted to General Manager of Operations and Maintenance for MTA and RTA. She is responsible for managing personnel in the operations, maintenance, and safety departments. She has nearly 25 years of professional experience in the transit industry, having begun her career in Akron, Ohio as a bus operator in 1987. Dawn rose through the ranks and served as the assistant director of paratransit and customer service for the Metro Regional Transit Authority in Akron, Ohio prior to joining the MTA in November 2004.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix, graduating with honors.
Other staff changes include the following:
Eric Beyer, Easy Ride manager, will take on added responsibilities as Metro Council liaison in addition to overseeing the EasyRide program, which is an employer-supported and funded transportation benefits program for the employees of area businesses, universities, and governmental agencies.
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Editor's Note: To request this information in an alternative format, please call 862-5950 and ask to speak with MTA's ADA Coordinator.

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