Sandra Sheehan selected as new PVTA administrator

Selected by unanimous vote of PVTA advisory board

Sandra Sheehan. Image Courtesy: PVTA

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A former PVTA official will be returning to lead the transit authority. In a meeting on Tuesday, the PVTA’s Advisory Board unanimously selected Sandra Sheehan of Hampden as the agency’s new administrator.

Sheehan was one of three finalists for the job, and will replace Mary MacInnes, who retired last week after leading the PVTA for the past 10 years. Sheehan, who currently works as the director of grants and contract administration for the Greater Hartford Transit District, had been the PVTA’s director of transit and procurement from 1994 to 2007. Prior to that, she had been a transportation planner with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

“We felt that she has the right mix of transit industry experience, leadership skills, and local knowledge to lead the PVTA as it faces new challenges in the coming years,” Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz said in a news release sent to 22News. Narkewicz is the chair of the PVTA Advisory Board.

Sheehan will have plenty to work on when she starts her new job, sometime in the next four to six weeks. The PVTA is beginning to transition their main hub from the Main Street bus station to the renovated Union Station. They are also building a $55 million bus operations and maintenance facility on Cottage Street in East Springfield.

Sheehan released the following statement to 22News:

““It gives me great honor to have been chosen by the Board to be the next PVTA Administrator. My experience and passion will allow me and the PVTA employees to bring public transit into the next era. I will do my best to work hard to provide the best possible transportation for the residents of our region.  Every passenger should have an outstanding experience when using the PVTA.  I am looking forward to this new venture and collaborating with all the stakeholders in the Pioneer Valley Region.”

PVTA Chief Information Officer Carolyn Hart-Lucien will continue serving as interim administrator of the transit authority until Sheehan begins work.