NVTA and Vine honored for their heroic efforts, providing evacuation assistance during the 2017 northbay firestorms

left to right: Charlene Hicks, Cheryl Drake, Kate Miller, Matthew Wilcox, Marcos Perdomo

On June 6th, 2019, the Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA), operators of Vine transit along with Santa Rosa City Bus, and Sonoma County Transit were awarded the 2019 Bay Area Metro (Grand) Award by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission at a ceremony in Oakland for their role in the evacuations of residents and visitors during the 2017 firestorms. NVTA Vine staff worked tirelessly coordinating with other Napa Valley emergency services agencies. Their efforts included balancing the mobilization of those in need of immediate evacuation while maintaining limited bus service. The award was accepted on behalf of the agency, and its staff by NVTA Executive Director, Kate Miller, Vine Transit Manager, Matthew Wilcox, and Transdev staff members, Cheryl Drake, Charlene Hicks, and driver Marcos Perdomo.

A short video about the agencies role in the firestorm evacuations can be found at the following link: