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The Birmingham -Jefferson County Transit Authority Announces New Executive Director / CEO

BIRMINGHAM, AL (September 20, 2021) The Board of Directors of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) is announcing the confirmation of Charlotte Shaw as the new Executive Director/CEO of the transit agency. She will be responsible for overseeing BJCTA’s transit growth strategy, ridership and implementing new forms of transit micro mobility to complement BJCTA’s existing fixed and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes.

Ms. Shaw come to BJCTA as a senior leader with over 28 years’ experience in the private and public sectors.  Her background includes working in various multifunctional roles including Capital Planning, Operations, Contracts and Procurement, Project Management, Engineering, Construction, and Information Technology.

Ms. Shaw’s vision is to continue efforts in developing the BJCTA as the premiere Transit System of choice for all municipalities. She plans to accomplish this by providing excellent customer service and convenient bus stops with easy connectivity for riders to and from work, to social and sporting events, and to Birmingham’s numerous tourist sites.  Under Ms. Shaw’s leadership, BJCTA will make efforts to bring economic growth to undeveloped areas surrounding transit using Transit Oriented Development (TOD) opportunities.

“It’s imperative that we change the public image of transit. People died for the right for all to have free and clear access to public transportation, which demonstrates the greatest unity to live and work together as a community regardless of race, status, or gender,” said Ms. Shaw.

Mayor Randal Woodfin of the City of Birmingham AL. appointed Ms. Shaw to her current role as the Deputy Director of Capital and Special Projects for the City of Birmingham. In this role, she managed the City’s largest budget of $60M for the completion of the city’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, called the Birmingham Xpress (BX).  Ms. Shaw is largely responsible for saving the BRT Program with the Federal Transit Administration under her leadership.  She was titled the “Savior of the BRT”, by the City’s Director of Transportation, Mr. James Fowler.  Under her leadership the BRT went from 30% design to 100% design and the start of construction within one year during the Pandemic.  The BX will connect 25 neighborhoods to opportunities and vital services along its 10- mile corridor traveling from the Woodlawn Transit Center on 1st Ave N between 56th and 57th Street to the CrossPlex Transit Center at the intersection of Avenue W and 47th Street Ensley. BX).  BJCTA is expected to begin operations of the BRT for revenue service in June 2022.


Prior to coming to Birmingham, Ms. Shaw worked at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) for five years as the Senior Scoping and Screening/Budget Manager in the Capital Budget and Planning department.  There she led the capital budget call and planning for departments to assist with the development of its short and long-range plans.  Ms. Shaw was also responsible for preparing MARTA’s annual budget of $350M and $3.5B long range budget for the capital improvement program including setting the criteria for evaluating and prioritizing major construction and renovation projects for review and approval by the MARTA Board of Directors.  She held various other roles in Contracts Management where she was responsible for overseeing major A&E and Construction contracts.

Ms. Shaw began her career as a Contract Administrator for General Dynamics which was regulated under the Department of Defense; she has worked as a Contracts/Pricing Manager for McDonnell Douglas Corporation; Manager of Subcontracts at Westinghouse Remediation, Inc; Executive Vice President, Program and Contracts Management at SunTrust Bank; Sr. Contract Manager for Professional Services and Licensing Contracts at Oracle; and in Financial Services Point of Sales (POS) at NCR.  In addition to these roles, Ms. Shaw has been the owner and CEO of two small businesses focused on Business Development and Environmental Remediation.

Ms. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Urban Studies and Pre-Law from Drake University.  Charlotte was competitively selected as a 2019 ENO Fellow in which she was exposed to various transit authorities in the Southeast region.  Amongst her many professional affiliations, she is a member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), National Association of Female Executives (MAFE), Women in Transportation (WTS), Project Management Institute (PMI), National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and the National Institute of Government Procurement (NIGP).

Ms. Shaw will replace the current CEO, Frank T. Martin who has led the agency since December 2018. She will assume this new role at BJCTA effective Friday, October 1, 2021.


Front Page Items, General Information, Public Notice

In Wake Of COVID-19 (aka: coronavirus), our monthly ADA Paratransit Advisory Committee Meeting will be held remotely (Dial-In) only. Please call in, using the information below:

Please note: This is the new number discussed during our last meeting

Dial-in: 205.517-7941

Phone Conference ID: 892 079 368#


When: Thursday, September 16, 2021

Where: Remotely (Dial-In)


2:30 PM to 3:30 PM


The Paratransit Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity of advocates for transit. During this meeting, the attendees may review transit information, upcoming projects, ask questions and discuss comments and complaints with BJCTA staff members. The Session will begin at 2:30 PM and will end at 3:30PM.


Written comments or complaints may be submitted during the meeting or by email to Comment forms are available on BJCTA’s Website.




The Civil Rights Compliance officer / ADA Officer

Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority





Front Page Items, General Information, Public Notice

September 14, 2021

In accordance with Governor Ivey’s Limited State of Emergency issued Friday, August 13, 2021, which
authorizes “members of any other governmental entity or quasi-governmental entity created pursuant to a
state statute or municipal ordinance, may participate in a meeting-and establish a quorum, deliberate, and
take action-by means of telephone conference, video conference, or other similar communications
equipment”, BJCTA Public Meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

Notice is now given for the following meetings of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority’s Board of Directors:
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

• Special Called Meeting of the Board of Directors
o Purpose: Regular Order of Business


Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code:

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

Theodore “Ted” Smith, Board Chairman


Front Page Items, General Information, Public Notice

September 7, 2021

Notice is now given for the following meeting of the
Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority’s Board of Directors:

The public is encouraged to participate in the meeting via the meeting link and/or dial-in number below. Public
comments should be submitted to by 12:15pm the day of the meeting.

BJCTA Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
12:00 NOON
Purpose: Regular Order of Business

This meeting will be held in-person and virtually. Please see the details below:

In-person Location:
MAX Intermodal
Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority
1801 Morris Ave., Second Floor
Birmingham, AL 35203

Virtual Meeting Details:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 263-264-909

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, meeting attendees are requested to submit to infrared
temperature checks, masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. Due to
social distancing requirements, seating will be limited and available on a first come first
serve basis. The meeting will be streamed live on BJCTA’s Facebook page.

Theodore “Ted” Smith, Board Chairman