August 13, 2015 – Regular Monthly Meeting

Why Transit, Why Here, Why Now?

Speaker: Jarod Varner, Central Arkansas Transit Authority


Central Arkansas citizens, employers, and prominent institutions are beginning to recognize the benefits of investing in a robust transit system. Whether it’s due to a need to attract and retain young talent, to allow an aging population to age in place, to reduce congestion and the exorbitant cost of commuting, or to improve the health and environment of our communities, Central Arkansans are seeking more efficient modes of transportation.  The Central Arkansas Transit Authority, CATA, is in the final stages of developing a strategic plan, MOVE Central Arkansas, with the goals of articulating a vision of a new transit system with services that make riding transit more desirable for more people in the community.  Additionally, MOVE will include a dedicated funding strategy that allows CATA to grow and change in response to community needs for transit service.  Learn more about CATA’s plans and provide critical input.


Jarod Varner is Executive Director and CEO for CATA. Jarod began his public transportation career with the Denton County Transportation Authority in Lewisville, Texas and held a number of positions within the organization including Vice President. He holds a B.S. in Public Administration from Harding University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Texas.  Jarod was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 transit professionals by Mass Transit Magazine. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Metroplan, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce as well as the Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Public Transportation Association.