After an extensive nationwide search, the Victor Valley Transit Board of Directors unanimously selected Nancie Goff as Victor Valley Transit Authority’s (VVTA’s) new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She will assume her new role on April 1, 2023. Ms. Goff replaces long-time CEO, Kevin Kane, who is retiring after 24 years of providing valuable service to the agency.
Ms. Goff started as a Clerk Typist in 1994, rose through the ranks to Chief Operations Officer (COO), and will transition to her newly appointed role as CEO next month. “It’s a privilege to lead such an award-winning agency and to have the support of a Board of Directors that is so dedicated to the benefits of public transportation within our communities,” shared Ms. Goff.
Ms. Goff’s role within VVTA was integral to the merger with Barstow Transit in 2016. This achievementled to the expansion of services to the community, bus upgrades, technology, equipment, and passenger shelters for transit riders in Barstow, California.
Current CEO, Kevin Kane, will retire at the end of the month as Ms. Goff takes the reins of Victor Valley Transit. “We want to express our heartfelt thanks to Kevin Kane, who has been a strong leader for Victor Valley Transit over the last 24years”, stated Liz Becerra, VVTA Board Chair and City of Victorville Mayor Pro Tem. “We are extremely fortunate to be bringing Nancie Goff on board, who will no doubt continue Mr. Kane’s strong leadership and direction while forging a new legacy of her own.”
As the Executive Director of VVTA, Mr. Kane arranged the finance and construction of a large, Gold and Silver LEED-certified transit facility with administrative offices, operations offices, a maintenance facility, and covered parking for transit coaches. Under his leadership, VVTA created a consolidated transportation service agency (CTSAthat provided services to residents in Trona and Big River. These residents previously had no lifeline services to the court system and medical facilities in San Bernardino County. They created a volunteer driver program and a nationally recognized vehicle rental program. Mr. Kane led the way in transitioning his fleet and operations to zeroemissions and has twelve battery-electric buses providing transit services in the Victor Valley and Barstow communities.
Under Mr. Kane’s leadership, VVTA operates out of two facilities, the primary operations and maintenance facility in Hesperia and a second in Barstow, California. The agency has always been environmentally conscious, starting its transition to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled buses in 1998 to reduce its Green House Gas emissions. By 2012, 100% of its fixed-route fleet was CNG, utilizing Renewable Natural Gas. After implementing the California Air Resources Board’s Innovative Clean Transit regulation (ICT), VVTA purchased its first Battery Electric Buses (BEBs) in 2018 and put them into service in 2019. The agency currently operates 12 BEBs and is adding hydrogen fuel cell powered buses, with the goal of 100% of its’ fixed-route fleet being zero emissions by 2035.
Ms. Goff added, “Mr. Kane has had such a dedicated and outstanding career, a proven track record of leading this agency, and having a strong voice within the industry. I will strive to build on his momentum in delivering outstanding transit service to our community.”
Under the leadership of Ms. Goff, VVTA will continue to focus on building ridership by bringing focus to, and being responsive to, the needs of the community. The agency is set to launch a Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) this year that will involve outreach to current and potential customers, drivers, staff,and stakeholders. The COA will study opportunities for improving services while being responsible with taxpayers’ dollars. The study will include the immediate and future needs of transit in our communities. In addition, VVTA will continue to expand its Micro-Link transit service and look for more ways to provide fare-free transportation for area students.
With the selection of Nancie Goff as CEO of the Victor Valley Transit, all transit agencies in the nation’s largest geographic county are now led by women, which is a historic first. Ms. Goff joins Erin Rogers (Omnitrans), Cheryl Sallis (City of Needles Transit Services), Cheri Holsclaw (Basin Transit), and Sandy Benson (Mountain Transit) in leading the five transit agencies in San Bernardino County. Never before have all five agencies had women in the top leadership or managerial role at the same time.“It’s such an honor to serve VVTA and to be grouped alongside these remarkable women. I look forward to building on our momentum for delivering outstanding transit service,” Goff said.Ms. Goff is a native of the Victor Valley and was born at the former George Air Force Base. She has been part of this community her whole life. Ms. Goff has three decades of experience in the transit industry. Before her career in transit, she attended Victor Valley College and graduated with degrees in Business Management and Liberal Arts. Ms. Goff lives in the Victor Valley with her husband and has one son.
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