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AVTA Executive Director
Director of Transportation and Transit Manager
Assistant General Manager
Arizona Transit Association
Antelope Valley Board of Trade
Wayne State University
Sun Tran, Public Transportation Information for the Tucson, Arizona community.
TUCSON, Arizona - Sun Tran has named William (Bill) Budlong as the new Assistant General Manager.A seasoned transit professional, Mr. Budlong possesses 25 years of transit management experience, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) in Lancaster, California. A former resident of Arizona, Mr. Budlong served as the Director of Transportation and Transit Manager for the City of Glendale for seven years.He co-founded the Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) and was an active member for four years, serving as President of the Board of Directors from 1987 to 1989.Mr. Budlong is an employee of Professional Transit Management Ltd., the company contracted by the City of Tucson to manage the daily operations of Sun Tran.His responsibilities at Sun Tran include oversight of several departments, including Scheduling and Services Development, Risk Management, Procurement and Facilities, and Management Information Systems (MIS). Mr. Budlong holds a Bachelors Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and performed graduate work at the University of Michigan.His transit career began in Detroit in 1979 managing Dial-A-Ride services for Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority.He served as the Director of Transportation for four years at a nonprofit agency in St. Petersburg, Florida, focusing on paratransit for the elderly.As the Director of Transportation and Transit Manager for Glendale, he oversaw transit and airport operations from 1985 to 1992.Hired in June 1992 as the Director at AVTA, he shaped the operations of the new transit authority.He developed local transit, commuter express programs, Dial-A-Ride, and services that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).During his eleven and half year term, AVTA ridership grew by 195% resulting in 2.7 million passengers by fiscal year 2003.
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William Budlong has been named assistant general manager of Sun Tran.Budlong has 25 years of transit management experience, most recently as executive director of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Lancaster, Calif.A former resident of Arizona, Budlong served as director of transportation and transit manager for Glendale for seven years.He co-founded the Arizona Transit Association and served as president from 1987 to 1989.
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AVTA: Celbrating Ten Years of Progress
Contact: Bill Budlong (661) 726-2616 x208AVTA: Celebrating Ten Years of ProgressLancaster, CA – Celebrating ten years of progress, Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has evolved from its humble beginnings in July 1992 to a position as one of the nation's most successful and fastest growing public transportation operations.Today AVTA provides local bus service throughout northern Los Angeles County's Antelope Valley seven days a week and weekday commuter service to downtown Los Angeles, Century City, and destinations within the San Fernando Valley.Further, AVTA provides specialized Dial-A-Ride service for seniors and persons with disabilities on a reservation basis.Distinguished by their blue "wave" markings, AVTA buses have become a popular fixture in the Valley.A sleek, forty-foot body with tinted windows and waves of blue striping contribute to AVTA's "10 years of progress" image.And while few communities are known for public transit, AVTA has become a staple for area residents, contributing to the community's quality of life.According to William Budlong, AVTA Executive Director since the agency's formation, 1991 was a year of building.From its opening in summer 1992, AVTA has seen double-digit increases each year and now carries 2.5 million passengers annually.Budlong attributes much of this growth to added service as well as an increased awareness of transit services within the community.Among the groups that have embraced AVTA are students, seniors, and commuters traveling to work centers both within and outside the Antelope Valley.
Board of Directors of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade
Bill Budlong Director