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Fayetteville names first woman to lead public transit system

Assistant Director Tyffany Neal promoted to head of FAST


The assistant director of Fayetteville’s public transit system will become its first woman director in August.

City leaders said in a news release Monday that Tyffany Neal will be promoted to lead the Fayetteville Area System of Transit. Neal will succeed Randy Hume, who will retire in September, according to the release.

“Fayetteville is experiencing exciting levels of development and growth, and I realize this is a great opportunity for FAST to transition from a need-based transit system to a choice mode of transportation for every resident within our community,” Neal said, according to the news release. “I am excited for the opportunity to continue working toward ensuring the value of FAST permeates throughout our community.”

Neal has worked for public transit systems in Greensboro; Chapel Hill; Charleston, South Carolina; and Washington, D.C. She has been assistant director of FAST since 2017. 

Neal earned her master’s degree in public administration from Strayer University and a bachelor of arts degree from South Carolina State University, the release said.

Neal was featured in Women’s View magazine’s Women’s Spotlight in 2021. She is on the board of directors of the N.C. Public Transit Association and a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.

“During her career with the city, Tyffany has proven to be a smart, attentive and passionate leader who will have the ability to continue our success in transit,” City Manager Doug Hewett said in the news release. “She brings innovative solutions daily and has earned the respect of her peers.”

In recent years, FAST has received more than $20 million in federal and state grants and COVID relief funding to expand services and reach more residents. FAST also is planning to begin transitioning to electric buses by 2024, the release said.

FAST has an annual budget of $13 million and provides more than 1.6 million passenger trips each year.




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