a modern city bus with elderly and wheelchair icons on the bumper

The Office for Public Transportation is a partnership among The University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Our office reports to the Alabama State Local Transportation Engineer and the Local Transportation Bureau to ensure that our local partner transportation providers are in compliance with all ALDOT and FTA regulations.

Our Services

We provide the following services to public transportation providers:

  • Helping create federally compliant public transportation agencies
  • Overseeing invoicing and spending
  • Vehicle maintenance activities
  • Passenger policies and procedures
  • Driver rules and regulations
  • Route mapping
  • Driver training in the following areas:
    • Passenger conduct
    • Vehicle inspections
    • Vehicle maintenance

How We Work

he Office of Public Transportation consists of a director, a financial manager and three regional managers. We work with rural providers of public transportation and providers of transportation specifically designated for elderly and disabled passengers. The state has approximately 30 rural transit agencies and 150 agencies transporting the elderly and disabled.

Our Staff

Garry Havron

Garry Havron

Director, Office of Public Transportation

334.740.9358
gmh0011@uah.edu

Dr. Michael Anderson

Dr. Michael Anderson

Principal Investigator

256.824.5028
andersmd@uah.edu

Dr. Mehrnaz Doustmohammadi

Dr. Mehrnaz Doustmohammadi

Principal Investigator

256.824.6698
md0033@uah.edu

Michal Matousek

Michal Matousek

Financial Manager

334.220.7920
mm0258@uah.edu

Lauren Heikkinen

Lauren Heikkinen

North Regional Manager

256.658.9691
jenningl@uah.edu

Addie Balch

Addie Balch

Central Regional Manager

870.692.2388
addie.balch@uah.edu

Chandra Middleton

Chandra Middleton

South Regional Manager

251.923.6687
ckm0009@uah.edu

Amanda Hancock

Amanda Hancock

Office Manager

256.824.6855
alh0025@uah.edu