Donna DeMartino

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San Joaquin Regional Transit District

Ms. DeMartino serves as the Managing Director for the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency, leading efforts to improve passenger rail ridership, reliability, coordination, and safety. Prior to joining LOSSAN she dedicated 19 years as CEO to the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) and spent over 14 years at Sacramento Regional Transit (RT), working in rail operations, contracts administration, engineering and construction, and facilities and capital program management.

Under her leadership:

  • RTD won APTA’s “2018 Outstanding Transit Agency of the Year” in North America award

  • RTD made environmentally important fleet changes, testing some of the first diesel- electric hybrid and all-electric buses in the state, ultimately converting the entire Stockton Metropolitan Area fleet to all hybrid and electric buses.

  • RTD made important facilities upgrades, including the construction of a new Downtown Transit Center, Regional Transportation Center, and several major passenger transfer locations.

  • RTD made important service changes by introducing five high-capacity bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors; city and countywide deviated fixed-route Hoppers; and partnerships to deliver ADA and general public transit services in a more cost-effective manner.

In 2006, Metro Magazine highlighted her achievements in an article on five "Women in Transportation" who "play a major role in the transportation industry." The California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CalACT) named Ms. DeMartino the 2009 Transportation Manager of the Year. In 2013, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce honored her with the Business Manager of the Year Award. In 2015, Ms. DeMartino was selected as the WTS “Woman of the Year.” In 2018, she was named, “Public Official of the Year” by the Sierra Club, and in 2019, the San Joaquin County Commission on the State of Women awarded her the Susan B. Anthony Women in Achievement award.

Ms. DeMartino is a Fellow of the Eno Transportation Foundation, and a graduate of the Leadership APTA program. She serves on several industry boards, including the California Transit Association, the California Association on Coordinated Transportation, the Mineta Transportation Institute (located at San Jose State University), the National Transit Institute, and the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC). She teaches transportation-related classes at locations around the state for the University of the Pacific.

Ms. DeMartino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master's Degree in Transportation Management, and a certificate in Construction Management from UC Davis.

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