Keolis has appointed Erika Mazza vice president Keolis operations for the western region of North America. She will report directly to CEO of U.S. Bus Operations Aline Frantzen and be responsible for the oversight of safety, economic performance, managerial leadership, and corporate social responsibility and partnerships.
Mazza has more than 20 years of experience in planning and operational management. Most recently, Mazza served as CEO and general manager of Mountain Line in Flagstaff, Ariz., where she led and directed all business activities. Prior to that, she served as Mountain Line’s before deputy general manager. During her tenure at Mountain Line, she facilitated nearly 100 percent ridership growth and reduced accident frequency to 0.003 percent per mile. Prior to joining Mountain Line in 2011, Mazza served as human services planning director in Boulder, Colo.
Mazza is a graduate of the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Leadership Program and serves as vice chair for the Legislative Committee. She also serves on the APTA Board of Directors and the Transit Cooperative Research Program’s Oversight and Project Selection Committee.
“Erika’s track record in safety, creating partnerships, increasing ridership, and fostering a dynamic organizational culture as well as her unique experience in the regulatory landscape of public transportation make her the ideal fit for this role,” said Frantzen. “Erika’s skill set, expertise, and “passenger first” mindset will be instrumental as we continue to build a team to expand the role of public transportation nationwide to create more livable and sustainable cities.”
“Keolis’ vision is to fast track transportation innovation and equip North American cities with evolving mobility choices,” remarked Clement Michel, Keolis North America president and CEO. “Erika’s background and experience ticks all the boxes, and there is no doubt she will be a key asset in making our vision a reality and deliver on the promise that all communities should have access to high quality, equitable, and sustainable transit systems.”
“I am thrilled to be joining an organization with such an impressive global track record and forward-thinking aspirations,” remarked Mazza. “I look forward to working with our partners, cities, community organizations, and agencies to help evolve their business models, develop new modes of transportation, and most importantly, respond to their riders’ – and non-riders’ – demands and expectations.”