Jamie Jackson Selected as Director of Transit Development

Norfolk, VA (Oct. 18, 2016) – Jamie Jackson has been named Director of Transit Development for Hampton Roads Transit (HRT). Jackson is responsible for conducting the planning and project management for multimodal transit service, high capacity corridor expansion activities, and fixed guideway improvements at the corridor level throughout the HRT service area that may become eligible for Federal Transit Administration New Starts funding or other state or federal program resources.

Jackson will coordinate HRT’s activities with federal, state, and local governments, and other agencies to secure guidance and approvals through the planning, design, and implementation processes. She will work with HRT’s Senior Executive Team to secure funding for proposed and planned improvements in the regional transit network. She will also be responsible for coordination with local governments regarding potential transit-supportive land use strategies and land use planning. Ms. Jackson reports to the Chief Planning & Development Officer, Ray Amoruso.

“We are very pleased to have Ms. Jackson come on board to actively advance studies for the extension of high capacity transit,” said William E. Harrell, president & CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “Her transit background and project management experience are exactly what Hampton Roads Transit needs in order to assist in the development of a regional plan for a multi-modal transportation system.”

Jackson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in public transportation. Most recently she served as the Deputy Executive Director at Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA). In this role, she was responsible for project management and oversight for the Authority’s capital programs in the amount of over $14 million dollars; which include maintenance, engineering, small construction, a new transportation facility, intelligent transportation system (ITS) and bus procurement. She also managed and supervised the Information Technology, Marketing and Communications, Budget and Grants, and Procurement staff.

“I am excited about the privilege of working with the visionary leadership at HRT and throughout the region to continue to advance transit projects and priorities,” said Jackson. “Our work at HRT will have a positive impact and improve the quality of life in communities and for business throughout Hampton Roads. HRT has been strategic and transformational in how it has engaged the public, the region, and businesses on all modes of transit. I look forward to working as a part of the team to implement HRT’s vision.”

Jackson earned a Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the College of William and Mary. She has undergone numerous professional development and training courses to include National Transit Institute’s Project Management for Transit Professionals, Understanding ADA and Procurement, and an Orientation to Transit Procurement. She also completed a Triennial Review Workshop from the Federal Transit Administration.