CEO Ryan I. Daniel honored with prestigious safety award

CEO Ryan I Daniel NSC Award recognition at Board of Commissioners meeting
From left to right: Metro Bus COO David Green, Sauk Rapids Mayor Kurt Hunstiger, Sartell Mayor Ryan Fitzthum, CEO Ryan I. Daniel, Waite Park Mayor Rick Miller and Board Member John Libert recognize Mr. Daniel as a recipient of the Health+Safety 2023 CEOs Who Get It Award.

Metro Bus CEO Ryan I. Daniel was named as one of the National Safety Council’s Safety+Health Magazine’s 2023 CEOs Who Get It.

He began his career in the public transportation industry as a Bus Operator for New York City Transit Authority (MTA). Along the way, he spent four years at Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA), as a Manager of Bus Service, and two years as a Training Manager for the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). For the past nine years, Mr. Daniel has been CEO of the
St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission, also known as Metro Bus. His experiences at all levels of transportation give Mr. Daniel unique insight into all things related to safety.

Boards served on:

  • National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine—Transportation Research Board (TRB), Board of Directors for the Transit Commission, 2016 to present.
  • St. Cloud Regional Airport Authority Board, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, January 2022 to present.
  • CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital Board of Directors, MN, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, June 2018 to present.
  • In addition, he is the new President of the Minnesota Public Transportation Association (MPTA), where he has been on the Board of Directors since 2019.

Mr. Daniel has a deep commitment to the health and wellness of all stakeholders at Metro Bus, especially the employees who serve, and the citizens themselves of the Central Minnesota communities. The safety of Metro Bus employees is the top priority for him and his leadership team. Under his leadership, Metro Bus has greatly upgraded safety measures leading to vast improvements of its over-the-road safety record, which began prior to the pandemic. In 2016, new safety improvements were initiated which reduced preventable accidents by 55% from 2017 through 2021. Development and implementation of the Metro Bus Safety Program was the key management factor in this improvement.

Mr. Daniel’s efforts have led to Metro Bus becoming increasingly proficient in accomplishing our mission to provide safe, reliable, and friendly transportation services to the communities of St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell, and Waite Park. Metro Bus will continue to work tirelessly towards the aspirational goal of zero accidents!

Metro Bus CEO Ryan I. Daniel greets Bus Operator
Metro Bus CEO Ryan I. Daniel greets a Bus Operator before his shift.

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