Transdev North America announced that Dick Alexander has been promoted from sr. VP to executive VP, business development.
Alexander’s background includes years of success leading efforts to renew current contracts and add new ones to the growing Transdev portfolio, according to the company. He has helped revenue grow from $100 million in 2001 to $1.3 billion in 2015 and has been an integral part in expanding Transdev’s streetcar operations in four major cities — New Orleans, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Atlanta — as well as light rail in Edmonton.
An additional key contribution has been the introduction of a modified version of the innovative European model for public-private operating partnerships (PPOP) that enable communities and cities to provide much improved quality and efficiency in public transportation. The PPOP model builds upon the respective strengths of public sector transit agencies and the private sector and enhances their joint capabilities.
These partnerships have been credited with helping the New Orleans RTA recover in the years following Hurricane Katrina and improving performance at the Long Island (Nassau County) bus and paratransit system, which in 2012 (prior to Transdev’s involvement) faced either severe service cuts or massive tax increases.
In the last few years, Alexander led efforts to create Intelliride, Transdev’s brokered on-demand business, providing non-emergency medical and paratransit services to the disabled community. Alexander and his team are also in the process of implementing first- and last-mile shared ride solutions for several transit clients, as well as alternative shared ride transit models utilizing dynamic routing algorithms to provide efficient, on-demand service.
Alexander, a long-time Cincinnati native, is a member of the Transdev North America Executive Committee, responsible for developing short- and long-term corporate strategy and policies. Rob Mowat, formerly of Nova Bus, has stepped into the sr. VP, business development role that Alexander vacated and will report to Alexander.