BHS alum to lead Georgia transit SMART project

Published 1:00 pm Friday, June 7, 2024

Brookhaven native Gloria Wesley has been selected to spearhead the Chatham Area Transit SMART Microtransit Project in Savannah, Georgia.

A 1994 honor graduate of Brookhaven High, and University of Southern Mississippi alum, Wesley is an Executive Fellow with FUSE, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing the capacity of local governments to build more equitable communities. The partnership of FUSE and CAT aims to revolutionize public transportation in Savannah through this SMART Microtransit Project.

Supported by a $1.2 million Strengthening Mobility And Revolutionizing Transportation grant, the project introduces a flexible, on-demand transportation service using dynamically-routed vehicles to respond to real-time passenger requests. The innovative approach combines fixed routes with on-demand shuttles, enhancing the adaptability and resilience of transit services.

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Wesley, daughter of Daniel Wesley and Phyllis Wesley Lofton of Brookhaven, will focus on expanding electrified public transit to connect affordable housing residents.

“Gloria Wesley’s expertise and dedication to equity will be instrumental in driving this initiative forward, creating a more inclusive and efficient transit system for Savannah,” said FUSE CEO James Weinberg.

“With the support of FUSE and the leadership of Gloria Wesley, we are confident that this project will greatly enhance mobility and accessibility for all residents,” said CAT CEO/Executive Driector Faye DiMassimo.