Connect Transit general manager announces departure

Isaac Thorne
Isaac Thorne’s last day with Connect Transit will be Aug. 21. (Photo courtesy Connect Transit)

 

By Neil Doyle

NORMAL – Connect Transit general manger Isaac Thorne on Friday announced he will resign next month to pursue another opportunity in the transit industry.

Thorne’s last day will be Aug. 21, according to a news release. He started with Connect Transit in 2007 and held various positions before becoming general manager in 2017.

“It has been a pleasure to work with a forward-thinking board, lead an amazing team of employees, and provide the best service possible to customers,” said Thorne. “I am confident that the Connect Transit Board, staff, and employees will continue with the vision for a vibrant and customer-focused transit agency.”

Some of Thorne’s accomplishments include the Better Bus Stop Campaign, mobile ticketing application, and implementing the annual rider and customer satisfaction survey. He also helped secure $11.2 million in discretionary state and federal grants for battery electric buses, solar and electrical charging infrastructure, bus stop infrastructure, and a new downtown Bloomington transportation center.

“The Board of Trustees is appreciative of the work Isaac performed during his time as general manager and as an employee at Connect,” said chairman Ryan Whitehouse.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com

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