Orange County announced Nish Trivedi as its new transportation director on Sept. 1.
Trivedi said he plans to prioritize the transportation needs of the community through an expansion of services and increased collaboration with other departments and agencies.
He started his work with Orange County in 2017 when he was hired as a transportation planner in the planning and inspection department. In this role, he led and coordinated all transportation projects and collaborated with local, regional and federal agencies.
Beginning in April 2022, Trivedi served as the interim transportation director for Orange County.
Trivedi said in an email that as interim director, he met with transit staff to understand how to best address their issues. He also worked to make Mobility on Demand services available five to six days per week.
He added that he helped Orange County reach its goal to create a single department responsible for many modes of transportation. The county is implementing a new structure related to transportation and planning.
"Orange County now has one department responsible for all things transportation related," Trivedi said in an email. "That in itself is new for the county."
Trivedi added that he applied for the transportation director position when the application was posted and was selected from a pool of many other applicants.
“Now, I hold myself to a higher standard, I’m no longer temporary,” he said in an email. “As director, I work harder being appreciative of the opportunity.”