COLORADO AVE —A former director of transportation in New York was appointed to head up and help streamline operations at the Big Blue Bus, according to a City Hall news release.

Patrick Campbell joined the BBB’s ranks on Nov. 28 as Chief Operations Officer. He will be responsible for day-to-day operations at the Big Blue Bus, including budgeting, strategic planning, capital improvement projects and staff training.

New BBB director Ed King praised the decision to bring Campbell on to operate the BBB’s over 200 vehicles and 70,000 daily passengers.

“I am very pleased that Patrick is joining us,” King said. “He brings a depth and breadth of both operations and maintenance experience to BBB and will fit in well with our team.”

Campbell has been working for public transit systems since 1987. His most recent position was general manager for MV Transportation in Brooklyn, New York, where he was responsible for a 280-vehicle paratransit fleet with a $40 million operations budget and 700 employees.

Santa Monica has a contract with MV Transportation for its Dial-a-Ride service, which provides low-cost transport to seniors and the disabled.

That system provided 3,000 one-way trips daily within all five boroughs of New York City.

Prior to his work at MV Transportation, Campbell served for three years as the transportation director at the Capital District Transit Authority in Albany, N.Y. where he managed a 275-vehicle fleet that spanned three separate facilities and four counties.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business management.

The BBB system is a nationally-recognized public transit system. It’s won awards in the last year for its high tech bus stops and eco-friendly attributes.

Former BBB director Stephanie Negriff was recognized in 2011 as the American Public Transportation Association’s “Outstanding Public Transportation Manager.”

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