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JOSH COLLINS TO LEAVE TRIMET from al m on Vimeo.
Dear colleagues, It is with mixed emotion that I tell you all that I will be leaving TriMet. My last day will be Friday, March 11. I have accepted a position directing communications for the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority, which is a partner in developing rail transit corridors in the Twin Cities region. I will be working on several projects, the most immediate one being a renovation of the historic St. Paul Union Depot, which will be restored as a multimodal transit hub serving light rail, commuter rail, Amtrak, and both local and regional bus service. RCRRA is a project partner in the Central Corridor, which is the region’s next light rail line connecting downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, along with the Hiawatha Line. They are also in the lead on planning on several future commuter rail corridors. My family and I came to Portland almost five years ago, and it was TriMet that brought us here. I have had a wonderful time here in the Pacific Northwest, and I have met some amazing people. I have to say that when I was coming out here, my colleagues were jealous that I was going to such a transit friendly town. Now that I am coming back, they are eager to have someone on the team who has seen firsthand what can be done when you have a community that values public transportation like they do here. However, there is a major disadvantage that Oregon has: a serious lack of extended family. My children miss their grandparents, their aunts, uncles and cousins. They actually have the chance to know three of their great-grandparents, something I wish I had had. We will be moving back to an area that is undoubtedly colder, more snowy and overrun with mosquitoes; but, it is one that will provide us with the kind of family support and contact that we have missed while being out here. I want to thank you for helping me to grow as a professional, and for the friendships that I will enjoy continuing from afar. I will miss you all, and will take fond memories with me back to the Midwest. I hope to see many of you before I leave. I will be transitioning to the Twin Cities the week of March 14, and beginning work March 21. The family will finish out the school year here, so I will be back and forth a bit over the coming months. TriMet will continue to lead the way, I have no doubt. I am excited to go to a system that is still trying to take the steps necessary to be a player in the “big leagues.”
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