Starting next month, North Carolina’s public transportation system will have a new leader. The NCDOT announced on Thursday that Salisbury resident Debra Collins will take over the Public Transportation Division on Feb. 1.
“Debra is a seasoned professional with a deep knowledge of public transportation,” said NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Transit Richard Walls. “Her experience and expertise will not only be of great benefit to the division, but also to the public transportation systems serving all 100 counties of North Carolina.”
Collins is currently co-director of NC State’s Public Transportation Group. According to the DOT, her salary will be $98,446 per year.
The NCDOT Public Transportation Division awards grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care.
Collins has served on several boards and committees including the North Carolina Public Transportation Association, the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Technology Procurement Working Group and the Institute of Transportation Engineers Technical Advisory Group on Planning for ITS Transit Training Standards Modules. She was also the recipient of the NCDOT Governor’s Award for Public Transportation in 2000.