The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) has named Michelle Bloomer vice president operations, responsible for directing, developing and organizing the transit operations and maintenance service functions for bus and commuter rail.
Bloomer has worked to improve transit options in North Central Texas for more than 18 years, most recently serving as DCTA’s assistant vice president bus operations and maintenance. She managed bus operations for regional transit providers, starting with a small private non-profit with 36 vehicles to a regional transit authority with almost 100 vehicles. She was responsible for leading and directing the efforts of the agency’s public transportation (bus) program to ensure customer, partner, stakeholder, and community satisfaction with the services provided.
She began her career as a planner at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and took on increasingly more responsibility, ultimately forming and serving as of the Regional Transit Coordination and Operations team program manager.
Bloomer has served on the Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) for 10 years, 8 of which as chair. The PTAC is tasked with advising the Texas Transportation Commission on the needs of the state's public transportation providers, advising the Commission on the allocation of public transportation funds, and commenting on rules involving public transportation.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), with graduate studies in urban planning at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
“Michelle brings a wealth of transit knowledge and experience to this position, and we look forward to utilizing her expertise which will help us in our goals of changing the way we do business to better serve our many communities,” said Raymond Suarez, DCTA CEO.