Danville mass transit director leaves for job in hometown

Danville mass transit director leaves for job in hometown

DANVILLE — Danville city officials will be searching for a new public transportation director.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer announced Friday that John Metzinger, the director for the past two years, resigned to take a position in his hometown.

Metzinger will start as the manager of administration and chief financial officer at CityBus in Lafayette, Ind., on July 14. His last day in Danville will be July 11.

Lisa Beith, Danville Mass Transit's operations manager, will step up as interim director until a permanent replacement is hired.

"It's a great opportunity for me professionally," Metzinger said of his new position.

Lafayette's public bus system has 70 buses, 120 employees and an annual budget of almost $12 million. Metzinger worked as a CityBus transit planner and its marketing director prior to coming to Danville.

"On a personal level, I'm excited about being closer to my family," he added.

Metzinger came to Danville in June 2012. He oversaw an operation with 17 buses, 32 employees and an annual budget of about $3 million.

During his tenure, he expanded routes to serve the new retail development on North Vermilion Street and added evening hours. He installed a new fare-collection system and added bike racks to all of the buses in the fleet.

He also secured nearly $10 million in operating and capital grants for bus replacement and the construction of a new $3.2 million transfer-zone center. Officials hope to break ground on the center, at the corner of North and Hazel street, this fall or next spring.

"Many of the steps he has taken to move the Danville Mass Transit forward will guide us successfully for the next several years," Eisenhauer said.

Metzinger called his experience in Danville "fantastic."

"I'm going to miss the really wonderful people I've worked with. The employees ... are hardworking and dedicated," he said. "And I want to reassure our riders that the DMT will be in capable hands during the transition."

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