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Meet the RTC Directors

Mr. Gibson serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC). The RTC is an integrated transportation agency serving as the metropolitan planning organization, public transit operator and street and highway agency for the citizens of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area and unincorporated Washoe County, which includes a portion of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Since his appointment in 2009, Mr. Gibson has focused on customer service, partnerships, collaboration, and reducing agency operating costs, as well using alternative project and program delivery methods. The results include:

  • Reducing agency operating cost by over 30 percent while delivering the largest multimodal construction program in the agency's history.
  • Restructuring the transit system to reduce operating costs while improving customer satisfaction with improved on time performance and innovative services such as the RTC RAPID bus rapid transit project;
  • Executing a shared services initiative between the RTC and the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency for regional economic forecasting and mapping.
  • Broader community outreach program and introduction of Construction Manager at Risk delivery methods.

Mr. Gibson is making the RTC a leader in sustainability and transportation. The RTC adopted a Sustainability Policy, achieved LEED certification for two recently opened transit centers, and obtained recognition for the development of Complete Streets and sustainable highway design throughout the Truckee Meadows. The region was designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists and one of the RTC’s major roadway projects - the SouthEast Connector - was recently recognized by the Federal Highway Administration as a project worthy of demonstrating sustainable design practices. Other accomplishments include obtaining a Transportation Investment for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions (TIGGER) FTA grant to purchase and demonstrate electric bus technologies as well as winning an FTA State of Good Repair grant to replace older fixed route vehicles with newer fuel efficient hybrids. 

Industry and Community Involvement

Mr. Gibson is a founding member of the Northern Nevada Transportation Collaborative (NNTC), a coalition of business and government leaders, academic researchers, transportation professionals and citizens dedicated to promoting transportation as key tool for economic revitalization, quality of life, and sustainability. In 2012, Mr. Gibson will be the Chairman of the Nevada Executive Committee for Transportation Safety where he works withstate and local agencies to champion safety policies for all modes of transportation. He is also a member of the TRB Planning Applications Committee and the APTA Planning and Policy Committee.

 


 

David Jickling has worked for the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) since 1991. He began his career in multi-modal transportation planning and transit operations 25 years ago at the City of Tucson. David was appointed RTC's first Director of Public Transportation in November 2001, assuming responsibility for operational planning and management of all contracted public transportation functions of the RTC. In 2010, transit capital and facilities maintenance responsibilities were moved into the department which was renamed Public Transportation and Operations. Mr. Jickling received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in 1981.

 


 

Jeff Hale is the RTC engineering director and oversees the development and maintenance of Washoe County’s multi-agency regional roadway network.  His experience includes major project development and implementation using alternative delivery methods, including design build and construction manager at risk processes. Mr. Hale earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State University at Chico.

 

 


Amy McAbee Cummings joined the RTC as Director of Planning in 2010. She has experience in comprehensive planning, project development, community outreach, and performance-based planning. Amy is responsible for managing the agency's metropolitan planning organization program. In this capacity, she develops and manages the Regional Transportation Plan, Regional Transportation Improvement Program, Public Participation Program, multimodal corridor studies, and other interdisciplinary analyses that guide project development and transportation planning. She is also experienced in developing environmental documents under the National Environmental Policy Act and has helped the RTC better link planning and NEPA and planning and project development.

Amy has an undergraduate degree from Florida State University, a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a masters degree in transportation history from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.

 


  

Steve Burlie has over 20 years experience in human resources, process improvement, labor relations, negotiating and consulting and joined the RTC in August 2004. Steve has responsibility for Administrative Services, which includes human resources, labor relations, information technology, security, safety and strategic planning. He is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles and the Executive Program at the Anderson School at U.C.L.A. Mr. Burlie is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt from Kent State University and a Certified Compensation Professional with WorldatWork.