The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) filled a crucial position today by naming Martin R. Erickson its new Public Transit Director. Erickson will supervise VCTC transit activities.
“Martin’s knowledge of local transportation and community issues makes him ideal to address the transit challenges in Ventura County,” said VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle.
Erickson, a Ventura resident, will supervise countywide transit organization/reorganization studies, short-range transit planning, operation of the VCTC Intercity Transit services, development of the region’s coordinated paratransit plan, the countywide smartcard program, and transit information and customer services. He will also be responsible for management, financial oversight and policy analysis for Metrolink commuter rail and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner intercity rail service through Ventura County.
Erickson’s professional life has centered on Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, including serving as Deputy City Manager for the City of Oxnard. He previously served Oxnard as its Senior Transit and Transportation Coordinator. For the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District, Erickson worked as a Manager of Government Affairs and Grants and as a Planning Manager.
Erickson received his master’s degree—with a specialization in Management, Economics and Politics—from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Erickson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
The Ventura County Transportation Commission is the regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving. Program information is available at goventura.org.