Director of Compliance Initiatives
Mr. Rich Garrity is located in the RLS Wilmington, North Carolina office. He has over 44 years of experience in transit and paratransit planning, operations and management evaluation, coordinated transportation services, policy development, and state DOT program management, over 24 of that with RLS. Mr. Garrity, Director of Compliance Initiatives, is RLS’ resident expert on all things related to financial management and cost allocation, regulatory compliance, and performance reviews; transit demand forecasting; procurement; technology application for human service and transit operations; grants management; budget development; funds management; contracting; transit facilities planning; and privatization. He develops and directs large, statewide and local public transportation consulting projects on behalf of state, regional, and local governments. He has also performed pioneering work in the coordination of programs financed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with public transit services and is a nationally recognized trainer on many topics including, “Implementation of the ADA in Public Transportation,” “Financial Management,” and “Cost Allocation.”
Since the implementation of 2 CFR 200, the Super Circular (Uniform Guidance), he has designed and presented training on this topic in the states of California, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia, as well as at national events for the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP).
Mr. Garrity updated the financial management curriculum for National RTAP to not only bring the curriculum into compliance with the various new rules and regulations that have occurred since the curriculum’s release in 1992, but also to modernize the material’s look and presentation; Mr. Garrity was singularly responsible for the original development of the training manual, course curriculum, and all original course instructional material. Mr. Garrity has taught this course to more than 500 transit professionals in 16 states and several national transit conferences. In addition, Mr. Garrity is the Project Manager and Lead Reviewer for RLS’ compliance monitoring projects in Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee. He has been the Lead Researcher on numerous national research projects including the Transit Cooperative Research Project to analyze the potential impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (Pub. L. No. 111-148, 124 Stat. 119) on the provision of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) on a state-by-state basis.
Mr. Garrity has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from East Stroudsburg University and has completed Graduate Work in Geography (emphasis on transportation planning) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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