This month, TAPS Public Transit CEO and Executive Director, Brad Underwood, announced a reorganization of the agency. As the public transportation agency expands, so have many of its departments. One example is Grants Administration and Transportation Planning.
Under the leadership of new director Abderrazak “Zak” Kerfai, Grants Administration and Transportation Planning are closely linked. As potential future routes and service areas are identified, money to fund those projects usually comes from grants.
Kerfai recently added new talent to his planning team.
Corey Young has been hired as Planning Coordinator. Young comes to TAPS from the planning department at the City of McKinney. He holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Clemson University.
Jimmy Boyett has been promoted from TAPS operations to the position of Transit Analyst. Boyett has been working at TAPS since last year. He is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
“Planning has become a big part of what we do at TAPS,” said Kerfai. “We are often working two years ahead —trying to anticipate need in our current seven county service area, and looking for the next opportunity to expand our operations.” Forecasting public transportation needs in the region means gathering and analyzing huge amounts of data.
Kerfai began his career with TAPS Public Transit working as an intern while attending Austin College in Sherman. He joined the organization full time upon graduation in 2013. At that time TAPS was just beginning a period of major growth as it began operating in Collin County.