Gary Blazinsky, the administrator of Harford Transit LINK, has been named the 2021 Community Transportation Manager of the Year by the Community Transportation Association of America.
Blazinsky was presented the award at the association’s annual EXPO in Richmond, Virginia, where he was commended for his outstanding work at improving the county’s mobility and access to transportation, according to a news release.
When presenting the award, Randy Zobrist, Midwest regional director of the CTAA’s Board of Directors, spoke about some of Blazinsky’s achievements. He noted Blazinsky was successful in increasing ridership by 22% pre-pandemic, improving the system’s route structure, increasing ridership satisfaction and promoting the use of alternative fuels.
Zobrist also commended Blazinsky on his support of LINK’s employees, highlighting his commitment to ongoing professional growth, and his work with the local government to increase wages and provide better benefit packages for transportation employees, according to a news release.
In Feb. 2019, he spearheaded a major route overhaul of the system’s buses; it was so well-received it resulted in a 20 to 22% increase in ridership, and a 70% decrease in phone traffic to the LINK, according to the release.
Blazinsky, who has worked with LINK since Jan. 2016, say he feels “very humbled” to have received the award, and is looking forward to the program’s future projects. LINK has already secured funding for transitioning some of the bus fleet to zero-to-low emission vehicles.
“I am fortunate to have a lot of good people around me who I work with, and in all honesty I truly believe that although I’m the one receiving the award, all 60 people in my organization are the major part of the reason this has occurred,” Blazinsky told The Aegis.