Transit employee makes “Top 40 under 40” list

Christine O’Claire 1​Christina O’Claire, supervisor of strategic planning and analysis (Service Development) for Metro Transit, was named in September by Mass Transit magazine as one of its 2014 “Top 40 under 40.” This list honors transit professionals who made significant contributions to the public transit industry. Nominated by peers, honorees were judged on job commitment, industry involvement and contributions, achievements, and innovation in their field.

O’Claire was cited for “helping King County Metro move into the future through an evolving array of strategic performance and planning initiatives.” She is currently working to keep Metro focused on its strategic plan, analyzing and reporting on progress toward the plan’s goals and objectives; developing a Community Mobility Contracts program in which local cities partner with Metro to “buy” transit service; establishing Metro’s first long-range plan since the mid-1990s; establishing performance metrics for Metro to measure success; and leading Metro’s technical team in the development and analy​sis of data and business process improvements as part of the International Bus Benchmarking Group.

O’Claire credits much of her success to co-workers. “I have an amazing team of professionals that truly care about the quality of service that we deliver,” she said. “I am only as good as my team — and I am fortunate to have a wonderful team.”

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(Article originally appeared in Metro Transit’s In Transit newsletter, Nov/Dec. 2014).