Ohio Needs Transit | 2020 OPTA Ohio Needs Transit Awards


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OPTA Congratulates Ohio’s Transit Super Stars!

The OPTA Ohio Needs Transit 2020 Awards honor individuals who have exemplified leadership and advocacy for public transit in Ohio. Transit employees, board members, community stakeholders and elected officials who, by their commitment, work, actions and passion, deserve to be recognized.   Nominations were submitted by members of OPTA and the 61 transit systems in the state of Ohio.

Awards will be presented during the OPTA 50th Anniversary luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 

To attend the OPTA 50th Anniversary Awards Luncheon, visit OHIO CELEBRATES.  Luncheon passes are on sale now.  


OPTA Lifetime Achievement

Awarded for noteworthy accomplishments in the field of public transit. 

Jim Ryan, GILLIG, Regional Sales Director

Curtis Stitt, Former OPTA Executive Director, Retired

OPTA Legislator of the Year

Awarded to an elected official who is recognized for advancing the improvement of public transit for the state of Ohio.

The Honorable Larry Householder, Speaker of the House, Ohio House of Representatives

OPTA Leonard Ronis Award

Awarded for noteworthy accomplishments in the field of public transit.

Carrie Woody, Director, Lancaster-Fairfield Public Transit

OPTA Four Under Forty

Awarded to transit professionals and stakeholders under the age of forty to celebrate the future of transit in Ohio.

Scott Lammers, Hancock Agency Transportation Service, Director of Transportation

Matt Dutkevicz, Butler County Regional Transit, Executive Director

Jeff Mundstock, Cincinnati METRO, Interim Director of Maintenance

Valerie Shea, Akron METRO RTA, Director of Strategic Planning & Development

OPTA Community Impact Awards

Awarded to transit employees who has had a significant impact within a community, such as, but not limited to, performing a heroic act while in the line of duty or organizing a food drive for those less fortunate.

Antonio McClendon, Cincinnati METRO, Operator

Lydia Carroll, SEAT Bus, Transit Center Supervisor

Sandra Guess, Akron METRO RTA, Operator

Amanda Joes, Akron METRO RTA, Operator

OPTA Associate Engagement

Award recognizes the contribution of OPTA Associate Business Members through their leadership, overall engagement, association support and participation as an OPTA member that helps to advance public transit in Ohio. 

Ohio Transit Risk Pool, Barbara Rhodes, CEO


Awarded to individuals or transit agencies reaching significant milestones in the transit industry.

Thirty Years of Service

Reginald Brown, Cincinnati METRO, Operator

Steven Rolfes, Cincinnati METRO, Operator

Cheryl Brady, Laketran, Operator

Fifty Years of Service

Akron METRO RTA, 100 Years of Experience, 50 Years on the Road

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