Dunmorean of the Month: Tim McGrath

By Steve Svetovich

Tim McGrath, Dunmore, has been involved in politics and business his entire adult life, so he should have no problem shining in his new venture.

McGrath, 56, is the new Executive Director of COLTS Bus in the Lackawanna County Transit System.

He begins his duties Monday, Nov. 8.

Married 24 years to the former Heather Perrone, the couple resides with their three children on Jefferson Avenue, Dunmore. 

He worked for the past 20 years as General Manager of the Viewmont Mall, Dickson City. 

 “It should be an easy transition for me,” he said. “Retail is very challenging. Staffing is always challenging and especially during a pandemic. You have competition from online shoppers. But we overcame the challenges and strived even during tough times.

“I am very excited to get involved in the Lackawanna County transit system with COLTS at this critical time. Of course, we will have competition from the Ubers of the world, but we want to serve the people of this county in the best possible manner.”

McGrath is on the Board of Directors of both Goodwill Industries of NEPA and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

He has also been on the Board of Directors of the Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau from 2002 to 2018.

He received a bachelor of science degree in communications from the University of Scranton in 1990. He also attended Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, from 1983 to 1985. McGrath was raised in Florida, graduating from Pompano Beach High School in 1983.

McGrath served as Assistant to the Chairman for President  Clinton’s Summit for America’s Future in 1997; as Events Coordinator for the Steamtown National Historic Site Grand Opening in August 1995; as Events Coordinator for Gov. Robert Casey’s Inaugural Committee in January 1991; as Field Coordinator for Pat Casey for Congress in 1998, and as Statewide Field Coordinator for Robert Casey for Auditor General in 1996 and 1997.

Dunmorean of the month Tim McGrath is shown with his family, including from left: wife Heather, daughter Mary Grace, and son Timothy. In front is son Robert.

The Dunmorean also campaigned for Bob Casey for Governor in 1985-86 and 1989-91, and for U.S. Senator Harris Wofford in 1991-95. 

Additionally, McGrath was Regional Officer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of NEPA in 1997; Deputy Clerk for the Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Office in 1998, working under Evie McNulty, and was Community Development and Events Coordinator for the Springwood Group in 1995-96. McGrath was also director of the Lackawanna Trolley Museum for two years in the late 1990’s.

Most importantly to him, he is a family man who takes great pride in Dunmore and surrounding areas. 

He and his wife are proud parents. The couple’s son Timothy, 22, is a student studying sports management at Lackawanna College. A daughter Mary Grace, 20, is in the general studies program at Saint Joseph’s University and wants to become a forensic psychologist. Another son Robert, 13, is a student at Saint Paul’s Elementary School in Green Ridge. 

“Given the climate of retail,” he said, “I think we had great success during my 20 years at the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City. It was a great experience and a very fulfilling 20 years. It was very challenging at times. I am proud of the success we had as the premier shopping center in the region.

“I want to transfer that feeling of success and fulfillment to my new position at COLTS. There will be some similarities. I will be able to draw from my previous experience. I am very excited about this new opportunity to serve the public. I am very much looking forward to this new opportunity.”

COLTS Resumes Normal Services Amid Pandemic

The County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) returned to normal service with changes to 11 of its routes on Monday, Oct. 5. The changes will make these routes more efficient and provide more service for COLTS’ passengers. The routes affected are: #14 Drinker/Chestnut, #18 Petersburg, #21 Lake Scranton/Oakmont, #26 Mohegan Sun/Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, #31 Old Forge/Stauffer, #36 Keyser Valley/Lafayette, #42 Olive/Providence, #43/45 Viewmont Bangor/Viewmont Express, #52 Carbondale/North Main Ave., #53 Marywood/U of S, and #54 Green Ridge/Dickson City.

“We took time during the pandemic to resize our bus system and reconfigure routes so that they best meet demand for service,” said Bob Fiume, COLTS Executive Director. “We are constantly looking to improve our system for our riders.”

Changes include service to the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, the renaming of some routes due to rerouting, combination of some routes on one paper schedule, and minor changes to routes and timetables. The #48 Dalton/Waverly/Clarks Summit and the #99 Minooka/Montage will be cancelled due to low ridership. The #48 route will be served through Demand Response Service, and employees of EDM Americas who take the #99 route will be served on the #42 Olive/Providence.

The list of changes is attached to the email with this press release, and the new schedules are posted on coltsbus.com.

Some bay assignments, or the bays that the buses pull into and out of, will also change. The bay assignment changes can be found on the COLTS web site at coltsbus.com.