First Transit announced the appointment of Jarod Varner as regional VP, transit management.

In this role, Varner will be responsible for transit management operations and supporting current customers. Varner will also support First Transit’s business development initiatives across North America.

“Jarod brings a wealth of operational expertise from the transit agency perspective,” said Rick Dunning, sr. VP of First Transit. “He has a proven track record within the public transportation industry, specifically in rail and streetcar startup and management.”

Varner has more than 10 years of transportation experience in areas such as transit leadership, operations, maintenance, planning, external relations, and customer service. His past roles include serving as the vice president for transit and bus operations at the Denton County Transportation Authority. He was most recently the executive director of Rock Region METRO in Little Rock, Ark. He also currently serves on the American Public Transportation Association board of directors as well as the National Transit Institute Advisory Board.

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