James Drake began his career with the Sacramento Regional Transit District as a temp in the Facilities Department in 2005 and was hired as an assistant planner in 2006 where he has progressed to the position of Principal Planner. His work has focused on service changes, ridership analysis, fare collection, Title VI, public engagement, and bus stops. During his time in planning, James has led several major service change projects, including major service reductions in 2010 as well as the Sac RT Forward network restructuring project in 2019. James holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and one of his earliest projects at Regional Transit was developing a database for processing automatic passenger counter data, which was approved by FTA in 2010 for use in National Transit Database reporting. James’s other interests are in history, economics, business and law. He is a former railroad museum volunteer and has taken continuing education courses in accounting and environmental law.
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