Michael Tree has been recognized as the state’s top transit executive for 2019 by the California Transit Association. Tree is Executive Director of both the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) and Valley Link, which was formed in 2018.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that either Tree or LAVTA has won a top award.

In 2015, Tree was recognized by the Association of Coordinated Transportation. In 2016 and 2017, LAVTA was honored as agency of the year by each of the two organizations.

Tree received the award this year for his leadership of many projects. Among them were improved access to BART and ACE via Wheels buses, funding for unlimited access passes for Las Positas College students, and partnering with Livermore to upgrade and preserve the old Southern Pacific train station, which Wheels uses for its ticket sales and operations building..

Tree has led transit services in Missoula, Mont., and Porterville, Calif. He was city manager in Twentynine Palms, Calif.