Rail & Transit
The SBCAG Rail and Transit division is a dedicated team passionate about improving transportation and transit programs in the region by coordinating regional and interregional transit programs. The division manages Clean Air Express transit service and advocates for passenger rail service. Staff participates and advises Board of Director representatives on key committees such as the Pacific Surfliner Rail Corridor Agency (LOSSAN) and Coast Rail Coordinating Council (CRCC).
Moreover, the division is committed to sustainable transportation and is proud to manage the Zero-Emission Regional Transit Facility in Goleta, California.
Rail and Transit division staff also represent SBCAG as a transportation liaison with Santa Barbara County Emergency Operations Center during disaster events.
Driven by their mission, Rail and Transit provides seamless, efficient, and sustainable transit solutions to the communities SBCAG serves. They strive to continuously adapt to the evolving transportation landscape for the benefit of all travelers countywide.
Director of Rail and Transit Programs
Aaron joined SBCAG in 2022 and is responsible for overseeing operations and planning of rail and transit programs. Aaron leads a team to develop and implement passenger rail services for Santa Barbara County (such as between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties); provides representation on statewide rail agencies and committees; conducts state and federal compliance activities, and plans for the Clean Air Express regional bus service as well as South Coast interregional bus services, including the Ventura County Transportation Commission Coastal Express. Additionally he oversees regional coordination and planning between the various transit operators countywide. He is responsible for the development of SBCAG South Coast Regional Transit Facility in Goleta which provides centralized, zero-emission, vehicle charging and operations for regional commuter bus services and vehicle charging for ADA paratransit services. Aaron is the designated agency lead during County Emergency Operations Center activation as the public transportation operations coordinator and liaison to local, regional and municipal transit operators in Santa Barbara County.
Project Manager of Rail and Transit Programs
Whitney joined SBCAG in 2018 and is responsible for a variety of the Rail and Transit divisions activities, including Clean Air Express planning, day to day oversight of its contracted service providers and customer engagement; implementation of intelligent transportation systems and technologies (such as contactless “Tap to Ride” fare program); grant compliance and reporting to local, state and federal agencies; regional rail service planning and coordination of local passenger engagement activities; Agency and partner coordination and works closely with Traffic Solutions for marketing and promotion of rail and transit programs.