As secretary and treasurer, Banta will serve on the association's executive committee and present financial reports to the board and members, Valley Metro officials said in a prepared statement.
Banta's "experience and wisdom" leading a multi-modal, multi-city organization will be an asset to the board and members, said SWTA Executive Director Kristen Joyner.
"Transit is becoming more essential for all communities, whether urban or rural, and it's exciting to be a part of that progression," said Banta.
SWTA is a regional association representing public transit agencies in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
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