Nicole Dowling appointed CEO of CRIS Rural Mass Transit District


Nicole Dowling has been named the new CEO of the CRIS Rural Mass Transit District. She replaces Amy Brown, who was CEO of CRIS RMTD for 21 years. Nicole started her job last week. She is not new to the CRIS organization. She worked at CRIS Healthy Aging for seven years as an administrator, overseeing several programs in Champaign and Vermilion County.

She comes to CRIS from OSF HealthCare where she was Senior Regional Program Coordinator for Urbana and Danville Hospitals. She serves on the agency’s advisory committee for the East Central Illinois region; Champaign County Committee on Aging and Urbana Auxiliary Post #71 Board. Nicole brings many years of experience and leadership to the CRIS Rural Mass Transit District.

“Nicole’s energy and vision will drive CRIS Transit forward for Vermilion and Champaign County,” said CRIS Rural Mass Transit Chairman Steve Gulick. CRIS RMTD

The CRIS Rural Transit District recently received an initial $3 million from the Illinois Reconstruction Plan to purchase property for a new facility. It’s an exciting time for CRIS Transit. “I am thrilled to be part of this project and to continue to expand CRIS Transit for citizens of Vermilion County,” Dowling said.

Dowling told WDAN Radio that with five locations still in contention for the new site, no specific date or timeline is set at this time.

AUDIO: Well, we don’t have an exact date yet. We are still working on acquiring the property for the new facility. So I don’t have a specific schedule at the moment. But I’m sure in the next two months we will have reduced that.

Melvin Z. Madore