This just in from the Sacramento Bee's Tony Bizjak: Regional Transit chief Henry Li, hired as a change-agent three years ago, has been named the top public transit executive in the country for 2019 by the American Public Transportation Association. Li, who previously worked at transit agencies in Atlanta, San Francisco and Jacksonville, took over the financially troubled Sacramento agency in 2016 with marching orders to right the ship. He is credited with pulling the SacRT budget out of the red and improving the agency’s image. APTA, in announcing the award, called Li “a visionary and transformational leader” who has restored positive financial ratings and rebuilt public trust. “It takes a true leader with a focused vision to achieve the impressive results seen in his three year term at SacRT,” said APTA President Paul Skoutelas.

According to Susan Orr of the Indiana Business Journal, IndyGo has tapped a Silicon Valley transit executive as its new president and CEO. Inez Evans, Chief Operating Officer at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in California since 2015, will become IndyGo’s top executive next month, the Indianapolis transit agency announced Tuesday. She will replace IndyGo President and CEO Mike Terry, who earlier this year announced his intent to retire.

Chris Brown of Vancouver Washington's Clark County Today reports that C-TRAN was recently honored by the American Public Transportation Association as the Nation’s Best Public Transit system. C-TRAN won in the mid-sized category, meaning systems with between 4 and 12 million rides per year. Donaghy joined C-TRAN in 2017, coming from Fort Worth, and says it was the best decision of his career. “There are jobs, and there are opportunities,” Donaghy told the crowd of elected officials and C-TRAN employees, “this was clearly the latter.” David Carol, Chief Operating Officer for APTA, said C-TRAN was one of the few mid-sized transit agencies in the U.S. with ridership numbers that continue to trend upwards, increasing 4.6 percent between 2016 and 2018 to 6.2 million trips per year. C-TRAN was also recognized for receiving a perfect rating from the Federal Transit Authority during its triennial review.