Full Name
Mallory Avis
Job Title
Transit Director
Battle Creek Transit
Speaker Bio
Mallory has been a longtime advocate of public transportation and the transit industry as a whole. Starting her career in an urban school system, Mallory’s passion for transportation was sparked by her position as the Transportation Coordinator for Jackson Public Schools. Responsible for safely transporting more than 6,000 students to and from school daily, Mallory oversaw a fleet of more than 50 buses and 70 drivers as well as day-to-day activities such as dispatching and maintenance. After seven years in pupil transportation, Mallory accepted a position with the State of Michigan, Department of Transportation in 2013, where she was a Project Manager for the Office of Passenger Transportation. As a project manager with MDOT, Mallory was responsible for the oversight of capital and operating contracts for twenty-two public transit agencies around the state; ranging from rural demand response agencies to large urban fixed route providers. During that time Mallory served as project manager for major mobility projects around the state including the state’s first BRT systems, West Michigan’s first on-demand transportation system, and the West Michigan Express commuter shuttle. Since arriving at Battle Creek Transit in 2019 Mallory has secured nearly $10M in capital grants for major improvements and is leading a community effort to implement countywide transportation. In March of 2021 Mallory and her team successfully launched the region’s first on-demand transportation pilot, BCGo. With state funding support BCGo will operate into 2022 to demonstrate the feasibility of countywide coordinated transportation. Mallory currently serves on various panels for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. In addition to her service on TRB panels, Mallory is also a member of the Transportation Oversight and Project Selection (TOPS) Committee, serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Public Transportation Association, and volunteers as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Through her service Mallory seeks to positively impact the transportation industry and improve safety and access to transportation for all.
Mallory Avis