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The Southwest Area Regional Transit District (SWART) is announcing the formation of the non-profit organization, Partners In Transit, Inc. which will support mobility initiatives in the Middle Rio Grande Region.
The newly formed organization will be a separate entity of SWART and will operate as an educational and charitable organization in support of addressing mobility challenges and public transportation services.
“Allowing our rural communities to have access to mobility solutions such as public transportation will provide residents the freedom to go anywhere they choose thus, enhancing their quality of life,” the organization reported in a prepared statement. “In addition, public transportation is an economic driver that impacts the Middle Rio Grande Region by providing access and support to retail, employment, health care, higher education, tourism, and socialization.
“Partners In Transit, Inc. is being established as a non-profit entity to enhance transportation services within the Middle Rio Grande Region, especially those with special needs who depend on public transit as their lifeline to their community,” SWART reported. “Partners in Transit, Inc. will raise funds through grant awards and donations and those funds will be used to assist transit stakeholders create new programs, fund unique transportation services, and implement on-going transportation options.”
SWART General Manager Sarah Hidalgo-Cook will serve as the executive director for Partners In Transit, Inc.
Cynthia Rodriguez, assistant general manager, will serve as the deputy director, while the SWART Board of Directors will also serve as the governing board of the non-profit organization. Board members include Judge Bella Rubio (Real County), Judge Souli Shanklin (Edwards County), Judge John Paul Schuster (Kinney County), Judge Bill Mitchell (Uvalde County), Judge Cynthia Martinez-Rivera (Zavala County), Judge Leodoro Martinez III (La Salle County), Judge Martha Alicia Ponce, (Dimmit County), and Judge Ramsey English-Cantu (Maverick County).