Paul Casey, senior service planner for the Big Blue Bus, was awarded the Swedish-American Bicentennial Fellowship for his professional work and accomplishments at the BBB.

“It’s a huge honor to have Paul recognized for his forward thinking, not just locally, but internationally,” said Linda Gamberg, marketing and public information coordinator for the BBB.

The award comes from the Swedish Institute, a government agency that values international culture and education.

The fellowship administers the Swedish-American Exchange Fund, a travel grant for non-academic research and professional enrichment that allows recipients to travel to Sweden for four weeks to generate projects in public administration.

Casey’s fellowship begins Sept. 1. Casey will travel to Malmo, Sweden, where he will conduct research on sustainable city planning. He will then travel to Stockholm to research the local transit system and its solutions to traffic congestion.

“We’re hoping that Paul will be able to bring back some international strategies on both circulation and sustainabiltiy,” Gamberg said.

City Hall and the BBB are also hoping that Casey will bring back strategies for dealing with any challenges involving the installation and implementation of the upcoming light rail system, Gamberg added.

Casey began working with the BBB in 1999. He designed two Rapid Transit routes, negotiated service parameters with the MTA and planned several Mini Blue routes.

Casey also negotiated agreements for fare payment programs with UCLA and Santa Monica College.

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