Carrie Butler currently serves as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Transit Authority of River City in Louisville, KY where she leads over 700 employees and contractors providing fixed route, paratransit and vanpool service for the Greater Louisville community. With over 20 years of experience in the public transportation industry, Ms. Butler served as the General Manager of Lextran under a contract with Transdev from 2014 to 2020. She has held previous roles in the private sector focused on consulting and development work at a national engineering firm, TranSystems – with a focus on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) planning – as well as urban design planning at Dover Kohl and Partners. At TARC she served as the Director of Planning from 2002 to 2010 working first on the Transportation Tomorrow Light Rail Project and then overseeing all phases of planning for the agency. She is President of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, and has previously served on the Planning Commission and Lexington’s Senior Services Commission.
She has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bellarmine University. She developed her passion for public transportation during her Fellowship from the Florida Department of Transportation where she worked for Miami-Dade Transit and Star Metro in Tallahassee.