Hamilton Street Railway buses at King and MacNab in late September 2017. Credit: Joey Coleman / The Public Record

Hamilton is hiring London Ontario’s school bus CAO as City’s new Transit Director with a mandate to implement the largest-ever overhaul of Hamilton’s transit system and to eventually begin LRT operations along the B-Line.

Maureen Cosyn Heath is currently the CAO of Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services, transportation consortium for the London District Catholic School Board and the Thames Valley District School Board. SOSTS oversees school busing for approximately 50,000 students with an annual budget of approximately $68-million.

Dan McKinnon, Hamilton General Manager of Public Works, writes in a statement “after having interviewed a number of extraordinary candidates … Maureen Cosyn Heath will be joining the City as the new Director of the Hamilton Street Railway”.

Cosyn Heath has been CAO of the SOSTS since 2008, prior to this, she was a manager with London Transit. McKinnon’s statement states she “is a graduate of Windsor University and holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario”.

She begins on June 21, replacing Debbie Dalle Vadove who is retiring.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 President Eric Tuck says HSR employees are looking forward to meeting the new Director and working with her to improve the transit system.

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