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AC Transit manager stepping down after 10 years of heading agency

Transit board launches nationwide search for successor

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District is beginning the search for a new general manager after current General Manager Rick Fernandez announced his departure from the agency on Friday.

Fernandez has been general manager since February 1999 and was the longest serving general manager in the agency's 50-year history, according to AC Transit.

He is credited with modernizing the fleet with environmentally friendly vehicles, including hydrogen-powered buses, and investing in solar power projects and biodiesel fuel, the agency said.

AC Transit Board President Rocky Fernandez, who is not related to Rick Fernandez, also said the outgoing general manager has stabilized the agency's finances and was responsible for building up monetary reserves that have helped the agency weather the current recession.

The transit district is reviewing candidates to temporarily serve as acting general manager while the agency launches a nationwide search to fill the position permanently.

The details of Fernandez's departure have not been finalized, and no date has been set for his last day of service, AC Transit said.

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