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September 18, 2018  |   Posted In

Ernest Romero Jr. named among Mass Transit Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” in the Nation

“Ernest constantly demonstrates his dedication to our company’s goals of making the design and functionality of public transit street furniture a top priority.”
– Gary Tolar, Founder & President, Tolar Manufacturing Company

Mass Transit, the only magazine exclusively dedicated to public transportation, announced its 10th annual Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40 list last week, which included Tolar Manufacturing Company’s own Ernest Romero Jr.

Romero was chosen from more than 150 nominations across the nation, representing transit professionals with proven records of accomplishment and who are making a difference in the industry. “Millions of people utilize public transportation every year, relying on it to transport them to work, school, medical appointments, and social and sporting activities,” said Mass Transit Publisher Emily Guill. “The individuals chosen for this year’s list have an eye for innovation and show a strong passion and commitment that exemplifies the best of the best.”

“Ernest constantly demonstrates his dedication to Tolar Manufacturing’s goals of making the design and functionality of public transit street furniture a top priority. He’s earned this honor,” remarked Gary Tolar, Founder and President of Tolar Manufacturing Company. “Ernest’s work is indicative of the team members across the multi-disciplines required at Tolar Manufacturing to execute a solutions-based street furniture product that is in line with the expectations of our valued clients.”

When asked why he likes being part of public transit, Romero, an Inland Empire native  commented, “Growing up I remember going places with my grandmother on the bus. Those are fond memories and also taught me about the freedom that public transit provides. Now that I’m actually working in public transit through the design and engineering of bus shelters, it’s like I’ve come full circle.” He continued that public transit is a thriving industry and to be involved firsthand in new technologies that are being integrated into what once was simple bus shelters is exciting and challenging. “In my seven years as a design engineer at Tolar Manufacturing I have seen the envelope being pushed farther and farther to incorporate more and better amenities into each design to meet the requirements of our clients. I enjoy the role I play in this effort.”

The Top 40 Under 40 honors those professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry. Honorees were nominated by their peers and judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement and contribution, achievement in his or her position and innovation in his or her field. Winners are being showcased in the September/October cover feature of Mass Transit magazine and online at

Click the image below to see Ernest’s full Q&A with Mass Transit Magazine

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