Transit Advisory Group

The GRTC Transit System Advisory Group is a diverse group of volunteers interested in the advancement and improvement of public transit. Group members collaborate with GRTC leadership to identify problems and recommend solutions.

The most recent TAG meeting was January 19, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:30PM. CLICK HERE for meeting details. Typically, meetings are held at GRTC Headquarters, 301 East Belt Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23224 in the Eldridge F. Coles Board Room, but may be scheduled at other convenient public locations. 

TAG MEMBERS MEMBER PHOTOGRAPH CONTACT BIOGRAPHY

Ms. Kayla Diggs Brody

(Richmond)

CHAIRPERSON

diggskg@gmail.com Kayla Diggs Brody, formerly of Suffolk, VA, moved to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a Master of Public Health degree and a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She works at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU as a Project Coordinator.  She is happily married and enjoys exploring Richmond with her husband and her boxer (whose name is Joe Louis).  As a daily GRTC commuter, she is interested in enhancing current bus service and amenities as well as increasing ridership among "choice riders", especially among young professionals.  

Ms. Kathryn Marks

(Member At Large)

kathimarks13@gmail.com Kathryn Marks graduated from the University of Richmond with an Associate Degree in 1992. In 2011, she was awarded certificates by Consumer Empowerment and Leadership Training (CELT), Well Quest, and as a recovery coach from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Kathryn is a Certified Peer Support Specialist. She is currently serving on the Advocacy Committee at Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership (VOCAL). She is continuing her journey to help others find their paths of recovery and reach their goals.

Mr. Nicholas Smith

(Member At Large)

SECRETARY

  nicholas@nicholassmith.ca Nicholas Smith, a native of Montreal, Canada, is a Richmond resident who's interested in how people get around.  He's been riding transit since he was a child, got his first monthly transit pass when he was 12 (which gave him the freedom to go where he wanted, when he wanted), and has been on transit systems in about 100 cities and regions.  After moving here in 2014 to marry a Richmond native, he now works for RVA Rapid Transit and Parternship for Smarter Growth to try to improve transit so people all over the Richmond region can rely on transit to efficiently get where they are going.

Mr. Paul Jez

(Chesterfield)

paulpjez@gmail.com Paul is a resident of Chesterfield County since 1982. Paul is currently retired having served most of his professional career as a Finance Administrator at Virginia Commonwealth University. Paul has been a lifelong user of mass transit since his childhood days in the Washington D.C. area and welcomes the day when the Richmond Region has a robust mass transit system.

Ms. Celia Yette

(Petersburg)

VICE
CHAIRPERSON

celia.yette@vec.virginia.gov Ms. Yette is the Agency Ombudsman for the Virginia Employment Commission. She has a B.A. in English and a Minor in Mass Communications from Virginia State University. Ms. Yette is a frequent user of the Petersburg Express.

Mr. Danny Plaugher


(Henrico)

danny@vhsr.com 

Daniel L. “Danny” Plaugher was raised in Manassas, Virginia where he lived until moving to the Richmond region to attend Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). 

Since becoming executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail (VHSR), his work has helped to create the Virginia Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund (IPROC) and make Virginia the first state in the nation with a dedicated funding source to advance intercity and high speed passenger rail. 

Danny serves on the Transportation Working Group for the Capital Region Collaborative, the Advisory Committee for the Partnership for Smarter Growth, the Virginia Advisory Committee for the Global Leadership Coalition, the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Virginia Conservation Network, the board of RVA Rapid Transit, the Commonwealth’s Rail Enhancement Task Force, the treasurer of the Rail Policy Institute, and he is a proud member of the VCU Alumni Association.

Ms. Jessica Reveley

(Henrico)

 

jabreveley@gmail.com

Jessica Reveley is a lawyer and GRTC commuter.  A non-driver with a seizure disorder, Jess has relied on dozens of transit systems over the years.  She believes a robust public transit network providing accessible, cost- and time-effective transportation is essential to a thriving metro Richmond, and looks forward to a network that serves the entire greater Richmond area.   She lives in Henrico with her husband and three-year-old son, who enjoys family commutes on GRTC and is GRTC's littlest fan.

Mr. Samuel Davies

(Member At Large)

mail@samdavies.me

 

Sam Davies lives in Northside Richmond with his wife and two young daughters. He can be seen tapping on his iPad as he takes GRTC to and from work every day. A Richmond transplant of almost a decade, Sam loves his adopted city and wants to do his part to make it even better.

Mr. Michael Wilson

(Richmond)

mikewilson1945@yahoo.com Mr. Wilson is a senior citizen currently enjoying retirement.  He does not own an automobile and uses GRTC daily. While he asserts the transit system today already has many good features, there are some that need to be improved so GRTC can be even better.  Mr. Wilson’s primary focus is that the buses adhere to the schedule.

Mr. Michael Lewis

(Member At Large)

mlewis91@yahoo.com Mr. Lewis was born in Petersburg, VA. Mr. Lewis is a Leisure Travel Consultant studying to become a Travel Agent. Mr. Lewis also attends JSR Community College part-time on occasion studying Information Systems Technology. Mr. Lewis would like to see a mass transit system in Richmond like the one in Hunt Valley, MD. From Petersburg, Mr. Lewis says he was able to get to within a city block or two of the hotel where he attended a convention and back home. Mr. Lewis explains he had choices of city buses, Amtrak, Greyhound buses and light rail to get him to his destination and back home without having to walk more than a city block or two to change from one to the other.