Greenlink announces 2024 Citizens Transit Academy class

January 10, 2024

On Tuesday, January 9, Greenlink welcomed 14 participants to its sixth annual Citizens Transit Academy. The free, six-week program offers Greenville County residents a unique opportunity to learn about public transportation and the opportunities and challenges facing Greenlink.

2024 Class Participants

Brett Caldwell

Christopher Chisolm

Benedicte Eades

Melinda Hoffman

Jacob Jones

Brenda Lane

Evan Lawton

John Long III

Alan Philip

Thomas Rudd

Charles Smith

Mary Catherine Srofe

Ashana Taylor

Jon Thomas Williams

According to James Keel, Greenlink’s director of public transportation, the program attracted a diverse pool of applicants, including Greenlink bus riders, new Greenville County residents, non-profit professionals, and advocates.

“We’re excited that in its sixth year, this program continues to attract a large number of participants,” said Keel. “Graduates of the academy have been vital partners in our efforts to engage the community in conversations about the role of public transit and we’re grateful that interest in the program remains high.”

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Below is the class schedule:

  • January 9: Introductions, CTA overview and Greenlink services
  • January 16: Operations and safety, Transit Center tour and Greenlink’s new technology
  • January 23: Finances and budget
  • January 30: Service change procedures, bus stops and route planning
  • February 6: Transit Development Plan and other initiatives for improvements
  • February 13: Group takeaways and graduation


Graduates of the Citizens Transit Academy will be recognized as knowledgeable representatives for public transit and encouraged to serve in leadership roles and seek opportunities to facilitate discussions about the importance of mobility.