Cleveland New Chair of Merrimack Valley Transit Board; New Vice Chairs are Martes and Sicuranza

Administrator Noah S. Berger and team cut a ceremonial ribbon, formally inaugurating a new name and look for local bus service. (WHAV News photograph.)

Angela Cleveland, Amesbury’s representative to the Merrimack Valley Transit Advisory Board, was unanimously elected chair of the board by a vote of the 16 member communities during this fall’s annual board meeting.

Cleveland, who serves as the city’s director of Community and Economic Development, was designated by Mayor Kassandra Gove to represent Amesbury.

“My staff and I are very excited about working with Angie as our new Chair,” said MEVA Administrator Noah Berger, adding “she is a proactive visionary that is always looking out for the interests of residents of Amesbury and the entire Merrimack Valley region,” he said.

Cleveland said, “Transit has been a huge component of my life for many years, making it natural for me to advocate for it as director of Community and Economic Development. Amesbury being one of the few cities with a MEVA-owned and operated transit center has been a big part of that. In this new role, I look forward to continuing to grow the MEVA service and ridership throughout the Merrimack Valley.”

In addition to Cleveland, the board also elected Jhovanny Martes of Lawrence and Christopher Sicuranza of Haverhill to serve as co-vice chairs, James Ryan of Salisbury to serve as treasurer and Kathleen Colwell of Methuen to serve as secretary. MEVA, which has been in service since 1976 and has a budget of $23.9 million during this fiscal year provides bus and paratransit service to 16 cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley. It carries more than two million riders per year.

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