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Commissioner Earline Roth Retires After 23 Years of Service

1/29/2019

(New Orleans – January 29, 2019) – After 23-years of dedicated service to the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Commissioner Earline Roth officially retired Tuesday, January 29, 2019, during the RTA’s monthly board meeting. Commissioner Roth joined the RTA Board of Commissioners in 1995 and served as the board’s Vice-Chairwoman since 2012.

Commissioner Roth’s two decades of service included leading the Special Transit Services Advisory Committee with paratransit users and community partners, involving: Council on Aging, Goodwill Industries, the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Deaf Action Center, the Advocacy Center and STRIVE (a job readiness training program that places participants into jobs).

As a member of the committee, Commissioner Roth met every month to ensure the elderly and citizens with disabilities had a voice in the services the RTA provides. She continuously emphasized the importance of paratransit services and fixed route ADA accommodations, and she instituted the RTA Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting for Seniors and the Disabled.

Commissioner Roth worked tirelessly to ensure equity for the more than 39,000 disabled citizens in the city of New Orleans - a responsibility that she embraced with humanity and humility. She made it her life-long work helping to provide the New Orleans community with affordable and reliable public transportation giving access to important opportunities in education, employment, healthcare, housing, and participation in community life.

But her public service didn’t just encompass advocacy for transit, it spanned 30 years and also extended to the elderly and disabled community throughout the New Orleans area. Roth was instrumental in planning and organizing various initiatives with various organizations she holds near and dear to her heart and in which she was involved, such as: Mount Zion Lutheran Church, a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, and Coordinator of the Seniors Screen for Life Celebration.

Throughout her illustrious career, she served on numerous committees and organizations and received numerous awards, including: the Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Gold Award and the Certificate of Appreciation from the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

Once when asked why she continues to push to keep the issues of the rights of the elderly and disabled in the forefront, she said, “Maximizing the quality of life enhances its dignity.”

For her faithful public service, Commissioner Roth was recognized, during today’s Board meeting, and received the following honors:

  • Recognition from Governor Edwards
  • Proclamation from Congressman Cedric Richmond
  • Proclamation from State Senate (presented by State Senator Wesley T. Bishop of District 4)
  • Proclamation from State House of Representatives (presented by State Representative Royce Duplessis of District 93)
  • Certificate of Recognition – Mayor LaToya Cantrell
  • Proclamation from New Orleans City Council
  • Proclamation from Jefferson Parish Council
  • Certificate of Recognition from Transdev
  • Certificate of Recognition from the Regional Transit Authority Board of Commissioners
 

“It’s been an honor to work with Commissioner Roth,” Said Justin T. Augustine, III, Vice President of Transdev, in-service to the RTA.  “She is an amazing advocate for public transit and truly understands the importance it serves in the life of our citizens. We are grateful for her wisdom over the years and wish her much health and happiness in retirement.”

“A leader, a champion, and mentor… those are just a few of the titles, the RTA is proud to bestow upon Commissioner Roth,” said RTA Interim Executive Director, Jared Munster, Ph.D.  “She has been instrumental in helping us move the RTA forward, and we thank her for her many years of service and dedication to the Authority.”

RTA Board Chairman Flozell Daniels gave a heartfelt thank you to Roth on behalf of the RTA Board and presented her with a beautiful portrait of the Canal and St. Charles Streetcars. Commissioner Roth has fond memories of riding the St. Charles streetcar as a child and was a staunch advocate of ensuring full accessibility on all red streetcars. She was also integral in developing a plan to provide accessibility on the St. Charles streetcar line, a project which is expected to be complete in two years.

“Commissioner Earline Roth is an exemplary board member,” said RTA Board Chairman, Flozell Daniels, Jr. “Over the past two decades, she has been championing many causes and initiatives, not only for the elderly and the disabled, but also for the community as a whole. Most of all, she’s a strong, tireless advocate for public transportation, and we thank her for her service.”


 

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