PART picks new leader

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

The region’s mass transit agency looked within to find only the second executive director in the short history of the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation.
The PART board of trustees voted Wednesday morning to name Scott Rhine as its new top executive. He replaces Brent McKinney, who announced his intention to retire last August after serving as head of the agency during its first 14 years.
Rhine has worked for PART for the past 12 years, with his most recent role as program manager of development and Metropolitan Planning Organization coordination. Rhine has been primarily responsible for coordinating PART work programs with the four Metropolitan Planning Organizations in the Piedmont.
Prior to joining PART, Rhine served as a senior transportation planner for the N.C. Department of Transportation. He primarily dealt with state and federal urbanized area funding programs, infrastructure requirements and regulations and planning needs related to transit operations throughout the state.
“I am very thankful to the PART board of trustees for giving me this opportunity to serve as the PART executive director ...,” Rhine said.
PART received about two dozen applications, which were narrowed to six semifinalists, said PART board Chairwoman Becky Smothers.
“It was a national search. We felt Scott was capable of leading the organization, has a good understanding of the issues and has credibility,” said Smothers, a member of High Point City Council.
Rhine also has an effective relationship with elected officials in the region, both those on the PART board and others who are involved in transportation issues, Smothers said.
PART Express provides bus service in eight Piedmont counties.