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RIP David Damiano
updated: Oct 17, 2012, 5:30 PM
Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) mourns the passing of David
Damiano on Monday, October 15, 2012.
David joined MTD as a Marketing Assistant in June 1999 after working previously for
The Nature Company and for Smith & Hawken among others. He was promoted to
Manager of Community Relations in July 1999, and to Manager of Transit Development
and Community Relations in January 2005.
Representing MTD on the Downtown Organization board and on the Conference &
Visitors Bureau board, David was instrumental in raising the profile of MTD in the
community and in generating strong local support for public transit, even among those
who don't use the service themselves.
Among his many achievements at MTD was the implementation of the Seaside and
Crosstown shuttle services. David worked closely with residents, local officials, and
business owners to ensure that the neighborhood shuttles (in Carpinteria and Santa
Barbara respectively) each had a look and feel appropriate to its community. These
projects are examples of David's unique ability to engage people in an inclusive fashion.
David also led the push to install new shelters at many bus stops around the District and
he had been working for many years on bringing "super stops" to three downtown Santa
Barbara locations. The super stop plan has cleared most of its hurdles and construction
on them will begin within months - sadly, too late for David to see the results of his
A friendly, well-loved, and happy-go-lucky guy, David enjoyed interacting with MTD's
passengers and he developed and expanded many of MTD's public outreach programs.
He especially loved teaching senior citizens how to ride the bus to increase their
personal independence and mobility.
David will be missed by all who knew him.
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