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The Rapid introduces newly appointed CEO

Deb Prato, CEO The Rapid photo

Deb Prato has held executive leadership positions in county government and regional transportation. The newly appointed CEO for The Rapid has more than 30-years of experience including her time with New York city’s MTA, which is North America’s largest transit system, along with Rochester, New York’s seven-county system.

Arriving in Grand Rapids in the midst of a pandemic, Prato says it’s been a year of innovation. As conditions improve with vaccinations, getting ridership back is a top priority.

“We’re open to anything that can grow and maintain the infrastructure and increase vitality. I truly think public transportation systems health is an indicator of the vitality of any region.”

Prato says she’d like to expand some of the current lines and see more transit-oriented development impacting housing and business districts.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.