Episode 17: The ‘community’ in Community Transit with Emmett Heath
When Emmett Heath thinks about public transportation, buses might not be the first things that pop into his mind.
“Our mission is to help people get from where they are to where they want to be,” Heath says in this episode of Check It Out!. “That’s our business.”
If that means a bus meets those needs, great, Heath says. If it is a vanpool or some other option, that works, too. It might even be a car. “There’s no reason to feel guilty if we choose to drive our cars,” Heath says.
For Heath, the bottom line is that by helping move people from where are to where they want and need to be, public transportation is also helping to build communities.
Heath is a born and bred Puget Sounder who has lived with his wife and three children and worked in Snohomish County for more than 20 years. Heath’s professional life has been focused on public service.
Heath has led Community Transit as CEO since 2014 and before that was Director of Administration for 10 years. He served in leadership at both King County Metro and the Snohomish County PUD before coming to Community Transit. Heath serves on the Economic Alliance Snohomish County Board of Trustees and the United Way of Snohomish County Board of Directors.
Joining Heath in this episode is Martin Munguia, Community Transit Corporate Communications Manager.
Episode length: 1:13;20
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Ken Harvey is Communications Director for Sno-Isle Libraries. Ken brings broad professional experience from his service with Community Transit, Sound Transit, Reno, Nev., and several positions in radio and TV.
Jim Hills is the library district’s Assistant Communications Director, Communications & Marketing. Jim is a storyteller who claims to still have some ink in his veins from familial connections with, and previous-career infusions from, the newspaper biz.
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