Kirt Conrad has been the Executive Director/CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Canton, Ohio since 2009. SARTA operates 100 buses with 200 employees. Last year nearly 2.7 million passenger trips were transported by 30 fixed routes or demand response service throughout Stark County. SARTA opened Northern Ohio’s first public-private Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling facility. Currently, 40 vehicles are powered by CNG. Over 70,000 gasoline gallon equivalent is dispensed from the CNG station per month. SARTA’s also operates diesel electric hybrids, biodiesel, and dual fuel GNC/DIESIL vehicles. They are also working with FTA, Ballard, BAE, and El Dorado to deploy 13 fuel cell buses, which will be the largest fleet in the country outside of CA. Together with Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research, SARTA has lunched the Midwest Fuel Cell Center of Excellence funded by the Federal Transit Administration. From 1996, Kirt worked for the METRO Regional Transit Authority in Akron as planner, grants manager, and planning director.
Kirt is also president of the Transit Health Pool of Ohio, the immediate past president of the Ohio Public Transit Association and treasurer of the Ohio Transit Risk Pool. Kirt is also the incoming Chair of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition. He serves on Calstart’s fuel cell infrastructure advisory board for public transit. Kirt, also served on the Center for Transportation and the Environment/Federal Transit Administration Procurement Risk Reduction for Zero Emission Vehicles committee. He is also a member of American Public Transportation Association’s Zero Emission Bus Specification committee updating the Bus Specification White Book.
He received a Bachelor in Political Science from Kent State and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Akron. He recently completed graduate certificate in finance from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in Grenoble France and a professional certificate in Architecture and Systems Engineering from MIT.