This is a #TransitThursday Announcement from @mamakoid. Don’t worry, this is not goodbye, but it is “SEE YOU AT THE NEXT STOP!”
Many of you have been asking about my absence from social media. I want you to know that I sincerely appreciate your concerns, but I assure you, I am fine. I have just been extremely focused on a recent career decision; one that I have not taken lightly.
On 9/19/2013, with mixed emotions, I announced to my office my intent to resign from my position at the Charlotte Area Transit System on 10/17/2013. I provided four weeks notice, not because I like to drag things out, but because I love my community and my job, and I highly respect the many outstanding people that I have the privilege to work with every day. Because of this, I committed myself to finishing my projects and ensuring that all outstanding tasks would be appropriately reassigned. I did not want to see my decision to negatively affect my coworkers, our project or even my community.
And so I’ve focused 120% of myself to my job. Working long hours, skipping lunches, forgoing other commitments. I am doing everything in my power to make sure my work here is complete.
After nearly 10 years with the City of Charlotte, Charlotte Area Transit System, I am proud to say that I served my community each and every day to the best of my ability. I will never regret a single day of doing what I love for the people and place that I love.
10 years flew by with the blink of an eye. 2 City Managers + 1 interim CM, 3 mayors, 3 CEO’s + 1 interim CEO, 11 managers and supervisors, 4 positions, 2 divisions, 3 sections, 6 office spaces, 2 office buildings, 2 light rail projects, nearly 30 bus service changes, countless public meetings, information sessions, festivals, fairs, hearings, numerous transit plans and studies, NEPA compliance documents, and grant applications. I would not take back a single day for the world; not the bad days and certainly not the totally awesome days.
I tell you all this because each of you helped to give me more awesome days than bad.
From a tweet about a customer complaint to an idea for better service, a question about where a public meeting would be held and if I would be there, an invitation to attend a panel, an inspiration for research, a thoughtful message to keep me going… you were there! You inspired me to start this celebration of public transit #TransitThursday. You helped me to be a better planner, a more serving public servant. You challenged me to do more than what was required or expected. You helped me to see more clearly that what I do matters.
And for all of that, I cannot thank you enough.
This message contains special thanks for the people of Charlotte. Thank you for allowing me to serve you. Thank you for letting me be YOUR transportation planner.
I want you to know that I do not intend to leave social media. I will not stop celebrating the good that is public transit. I will not stop speaking NEPA geek. However, I may tweet a little less about Charlotte and a little more about the Triangle region. This is because I recently accepted a position to be the Environmental Planner for @TriangleTransit.
To my followers in Charlotte, I will understand if you decide to stop following me because I no longer meet your interests. Please know that I am always here for you. Just because I will no longer be employed with the City of Charlotte or the Charlotte Area Transit System, does not mean I cannot still help. I take with me 10 years of organizational knowledge. So in the very least, I can point you to the right channel to help you, like our awesome folks at CATS customer service 704-336-7433 or firstname.lastname@example.org or @CATSRideTransit.
To anyone with connections to the Triangle, the @GoTriangle brands of transit service or @TriangleTransit, I look forward to serving you as YOUR Environmental Planner.
I leave you with this picture of me taken nearly 10 years ago at a CATS staff meeting. I was receiving recognition for serving on an event planning committee.
Who would have known that at that moment, that very shy, introverted transit nerd would be inspired to learn so much; planning and shaping the future of her community; taking part in great transit projects; meeting so many awesome people who truly care about their community. Who would have known that she would mature both professionally and personally and go on to become an electronically extroverted transit leader, who would serve the Charlotte region for nearly 10 years.
Thank you everyone.