GET – Names Chair and Vice Chair to Board of Directors 2020

News Release

Janet Sanders
Office: 661.869.6304

February 6, 2020

GET – Names Chair and Vice Chair to Board of Directors 2020

Bakersfield, CA — The Golden Empire Transit District (GET) announced today that Cindy Parra will continue as the Board of Directors’ Chair for Golden Empire Transit along with Rueben Pascual as the Vice Chair. Both Parra and Pascual bring a wealth of knowledge to help bring public transportation into the future.

Cindy Parra – Chairman of the Board, Golden Empire Transit
Director Parra was born and raised in Bakersfield. As a teen she moved to San Jose. She returned to Bakersfield in the mid-80s to work for SmithtechUSA, Inc. where she has worked as a Project Manager for more than 20 years. Currently she is employed as a Project Manager for QK Inc. Director Parra was a founding member of Bike Bakersfield in 2005. She currently serves on the Bike Bakersfield Board of Directors and the Board of the California Bicycle Coalition and Kern Council of Governments Board as a GET representative and is chair of the Kern Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition. Cindy’s experience brings a clear understanding of public transit, where it needs to go, and how to increase ridership.

Rueben Pascual – Vice Chairman of the Board, Golden Empire Transit
Director Pascual grew up in Delano, and graduated from Delano High School. Director Pascual spent his career as a manager for Thrifty / Rite Aid. He also served as a City Councilman for the City of Delano for seven years. Rueben also served as the Chair for the Delano Relay for Life, as well as a Trustee for the Delano Chamber of Commerce. Director Pascual says he wants to serve on the GET board to lend his knowledge and expertise and to better serve the needs of our local transportation system in Bakersfield. Director Pascual believes in serving the community he lives in to make it a better place for future generations.

GET was formed in July 1973 and is the primary public transportation provider for the Bakersfield Urbanized Area. It is the largest public transit system within a 110-mile radius. The District’s legal boundary includes Bakersfield city limits as well as adjacent unincorporated areas. GET has a fleet of 88 compressed natural gas buses equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks. GET serves 16 routes, operating 7 days a week and transporting more than 6 million passengers each year with its fixed-route buses. In addition, GET operates 25 compressed natural gas GET-A-Lift buses and 7 microtransit RYDE shuttles. For more information, visit or call 869.2GET (2438).

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