AAO Names Nicholson Executive Director

All Aboard Ohio has named Stu Nicholson as its executive director.

He replaces Ken Prendergast who will now have the title of public affairs director.

The rail passenger advocacy group said in a news release that Prendergast asked to be reassigned to his new role.

Nicholson, like Prendergast, comes from a journalism background having been a broadcast journalist for more than 22 years.

“I’m excited about both the near and long-term future for both passenger rail and public transportation in Ohio,” Nicholson said in a statement. “We scored a big victory for public transit funding in Ohio last year in the biennial ODOT budget, when the Ohio General Assembly approved an increase to $70 million to support Ohio’s public transit systems.”

Nicholson said AAO also has worked to build a coalition of more than 40 advocacy groups around the state to help lift Ohio out of the bottom five among the worst states for funding public transportation.

He spoke of getting funding for the development of intercity passenger rail, public transit, bikeways and walkable communities as a “long game.”

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