After receiving the John Harding Why Not! Award at the 2013 Annual Meeting, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir was presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition by US Congressman William Keating (left).

Thomas S. Cahir, Administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, was honored at the Annual Meeting of the Bourne Financial Development Corporation (BFDC). Tom was presented with the John Harding Why Not! Award at the meeting at the MA Maritime Academy.

 The BFDC Board of Directors selected Tom for the award in recognition of Tom’s work to establish the CapeFLYER, a weekend summer train that brought visitors to the Cape. The project exceeded all ridership expectations with two stops: Buzzards Bay and Hyannis. 

 The award, named for the BFDC’s first President, is presented annually to a person who embodies John’s approach to projects: “Why Not!” The selection process includes identifying people who, if presented with roadblocks or difficulties, look for alternatives that still met project guidelines and regulations. And, equally importantly, people who give credit where it is due.

 While Tom acknowledged his part in developing the CapeFLYER service, he also requested that the credit be shared: “it is important to note that my incredible staff contributed greatly to the overwhelming success of the CapeFLYER.”

 Congressman William Keating presented Tom with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition and State Representative David Vieira delivered an official citation from the MA House of Representatives signed by himself and Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.

BFDC Founding President John Harding (right) and then Board Vice President Barry Motta

BFDC Founding President John Harding (right) and then Board Vice President Barry Motta

 

Past recipients:

2009: Christopher J. Farrell, Bourne Planning Board and Town Planner Coreen V. Moore

2010: Daniel L. Doucette, retired member of the Bourne Fire Department, active citizen

2011: Scott Zeien, Kingman Yacht Center

2012: Mary Ellen McCarthy, Trowbridge Tavern

2013: Thomas S. Cahir, Administrator Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, former Bourne State Representative