Two Former AC Transit Executives Honored

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AC Transit’s former General Manager Mary King and Cory LaVigne, the agency’s former Service Development and Planning Director, were honored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for their “exceptional contributions to Bay Area transportation” during a public ceremony on Wednesday Oct. 22.

Kingreceived the 2014 Grand Award in recognition of her leadership as chair of the Bay Bridge Design Task Force that oversaw the public involvement process and selection of the unique self-anchored suspension element (SAS) for the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The new bridge has increased the reliability of the region’s transportation network immensely, and the SAS is the span’s marquee element.

09_mking1“Mary’s job managing the Bay Bridge Task Force was sort of like being ringmaster of a three-ring circus,” said MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger. “Mary was a really gifted public official.”

LaVigne was honored posthumously with Greta Ericson Distinguished Service Award for his long-term, career achievements in transportation. The awards committee was swayed by LaVigne’s “impressive” and wide-rangingCory_LaVigne 21-year public service record as everything from bus driver in Illinois to chief transportation planner for AC Transit. In addition, the committee found “Cory was highly regarded, respected and loved by his co-workers, colleagues (and) peers…”

King and LaVigne were among 17 people, projects and organizations honored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission during Wednesday’s “Excellence in Motion” awards ceremony, held at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive in Oakland.

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