APTA | Passenger Transport
March 15, 2010

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Job opportunities in this issue's classifieds include a public transit agency president/CEO and executive director of a national program!


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James Fang, Bob Franklin
OAKLAND, CA –James Fang, the longest-serving member of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Board of Directors, has been elected to his third non-consecutive term as the board’s president. He succeeds Thomas Blalock.

Fang joined the board in 1990, representing portions of San Francisco. He previously served as president of the BART board in 1998 and 2004, and as vice president in 1997, 2003, and 2008.

The board elected Bob Franklin to his first term as vice president. He has served as a board member since 2004, representing Kensington, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and portions of Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, and Castro Valley.

Bob Oswald
ELYRIA, OH—Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC announced the retirement of company Chairman Bob Oswald. He was appointed chairman of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in October 2003 after serving as chairman and chief executive officer since March 2002.

Prior to joining Bendix, Oswald was chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Robert Bosch Corporation, the North American subsidiary of the Stuttgart, Germany-based Robert Bosch GmbH. He also was a member of the Bosch Board of Management. Oswald joined the Bosch organization in 1989, and held his board and North American management positions from July 1996 until his retirement in December 2000.

Jeff Comerchero, Bob Buster, Doug McAllister
RIVERSIDE, CA—The Riverside Transit Agency’s Board of Directors unanimously elected Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Comerchero, a board member since 2000, to take leadership of the 20-member governing board. He succeeds Corona Mayor Karen Speigel.

Board members also unanimously elected Riverside County District 1 Supervisor Bob Buster as vice chair and Murrieta City Councilman Doug McAllister as second vice chair.

John Zaragoza, Maricela Morales
OXNARD, CA—Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza was elected chair of the Board of Directors of Gold Coast Transit (GCT). He succeeds Dr. Thomas Holden of Oxnard, who will remain on the board and on the Oxnard City Council as the city’s elected mayor.

Zaragoza has served on the GCT Board for one year, having been elected to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in 2008. Earlier he served 12 years on the Oxnard City Council. He was a city employee for more than 30 years, spending the last 15 years as head of the Solid Waste Division. Early in his career, Zaragoza was a bus driver for Oxnard City Lines, a predecessor agency to GCT.

Councilmember Maricela Morales of Port Hueneme, associate executive director of the local non-profit organization CAUSE, will serve as vice chair for the coming year. She joined the board about a year ago, replacing the late Toni Young.

Dave Gossett, Joe Marine, Mike Todd
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA—The Community Transit Board of Directors selected Snohomish County Council Chair Dave Gossett to serve as its chair for 2010.

Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine is vice chair of the board and Mill Creek Mayor Mike Todd is its secretary.

William R. (Bill) Mooney
NEW YORK, NY—Halcrow announced the hiring of William R. (Bill) Mooney as a senior manager of the firm’s U.S. rail practice, based in Chicago. As vice president, rail, he will work to expand the company’s rail capabilities, with particular emphasis on expansion into the high-speed rail market.
 Mooney joins Halcrow after more than 33 years with the Chicago Transit Authority, beginning in 1977 as a transit professional trainee and ultimately serving as chief operations officer.

Jeffrey Ritter
FORT WORTH, TX—Jeffrey Ritter has been appointed to the board of directors of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority by the Tarrant County Commissioners Court. He succeeds Jeane Grisham, who represented the county on the board since November 2006.

Ritter is professor of computer/technology at Brookhaven College, a licensed realtor, and a professional musician.

Art Hadnett
LOS ANGELES, CA—Stantec announced the promotion of Art Hadnett to vice president. He has served as the company’s California transportation practice leader and senior principal since 2008 and has a total of more than 28 years of engineering consulting experience.

Peter Gertler, Hugh Fuller
KANSAS CITY, MO—HNTB Corporation and HNTB Holdings Ltd. have named Peter Gertler a senior vice president. Gertler, who leads the firm’s high-speed rail services group, is based in the firm’s Oakland, CA,. office.

Gertler has 23 years of experience in public transportation and program management. Since joining HNTB in 2004, he has worked as a project manager and technical lead on numerous high-profile projects and initiatives and led the firm’s rail and transit practice before becoming HNTB’s high-speed rail services chair.

He is an executive board member and president emeritus and board member of the California High Speed Rail Association. For APTA, he chairs the High-Speed and Intercity Rail Program Subcommittee and is a member of the full High-Speed and Intercity Rail Committee; Public-Private Partnerships Committee; and Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee.

Also, Hugh Fuller joined the Seattle office of HNTB Corporation as northwest railway practice manager, with responsibility for rail projects in Seattle; Portland, OR; and western Canada. During his more than 30 years of experience in transportation and railway engineering, he has managed or designed more than a dozen light rail, streetcar, and commuter rail projects.  Fuller comes to HNTB from CH2M HILL, where he was a chief engineer in the transportation business group. He is a member of the APTA Track and Noise/Vibration Technical Forum.

Philip L. Meaders
DALLAS, TX—Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) announced the promotion of Philip L. Meaders, P.E., to vice president.

Since joining LAN in 1985, Meaders has served in a broad variety of engineering projects. He has been responsible for construction management, construction phase engineering, civil design, structural design, quality assurance programs, and construction inspection within the firm’s Infrastructure, Transit and Education Business Groups.

Billy Hamilton
AUSTIN, TX—Billy Hamilton, former deputy comptroller of public accounts for the state of Texas, has joined the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a financial consultant focusing on financial planning, financial performance measurements, budget processes, and communication to various stakeholder groups.

During his more than 20 years of executive-level financial experience, Hamilton also served on special assignment to the state of California to conduct a performance review and has advised the World Bank on issues of public debt management, performance management, and tax policy.

John J. Haley
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—John J. Haley has joined the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) as director of transit. He is responsible for the overall direction, management, and operations of San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) service.

Haley is a national leader in the transportation industry with more than 30 years of public and private sector experience. He comes to Muni from Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, where he was vice president of infrastructure and service development.

Earlier, Haley served as a deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston, deputy general manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, and a strategic advisor to major transportation agencies nationwide.

Haley takes over from David Hill, interim director of transit, who has resumed his role as deputy director of bus operations.

Bryan P. Mulqueen, Michael T. McNamara, Eric Stassevitch
HARRISBURG, PA—Gannett Fleming (GF) announced the appointments of Bryan P. Mulqueen, P.E., as a vice president and manager of transit and rail for the firm’s Delmarva and Southeast regions, based in Raleigh, NC; Michael T. McNamara, P.E., a senior associate and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, based in Valley Forge, PA; and Eric Stassevitch, P.E., a senior project manager in the company’s project management oversight practice, based in San Francisco.

Mulqueen has more than 20 years of experience managing major transportation infrastructure programs and large multidisciplinary regional teams. McNamara specializes in train control, traction power, and communications systems for rail transportation, with more than 35 years experience. Stassevitch comes to GF with more than 30 years of experience, including serving as a senior manager on major, multi-billion-dollar capital improvement programs.

Ken Westbrook

CHICAGO, IL—Veolia Transportation Inc. announced the promotion of Ken Westbrook to chief operating officer of its transit division. Previously he was senior vice president, eastern U.S., for the same division.

Earlier in his public transit career, Westbrook was general manager for Jackson, MS, and Pensacola, FL, transit operations, then regional vice president of the south/central region, for ATC, which was acquired by Veolia Transportation in 2005.

Michael A. Cairl
CANANDAIGUA, NY—Michael A. Cairl has joined the board of advisors for Eta Phi Systems Inc.

Cairl’s 30-year career has included defense contracting and transit project contracts and management, both in the U.S. and overseas. He has worked for ProjectSpan Services, Granite Halmar Construction Company, and ALSTOM Signaling Inc. on projects including New Jersey Transit Corporation’s Newark light rail extension and MTA New York City Transit’s 239th Street Interlocking.

Chris Boult
CINCINNATI, OH— Chris Boult has been appointed chief information officer for FirstGroup America, with responsibility for overseeing and directing all information technology (IT).

Boult most previously served as senior vice president of information technology for FirstGroup America’s Greyhound Lines Inc. division, based in Dallas. He has worked in the IT field for more than 24 years, 20 of them in the transportation industry.

Jeffrey S. Yeager, Carol C. Martsolf
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Urban Engineers announced the hiring of Jeffrey S. Yeager, P.E., as a senior structural engineer in the firm’s Facilities Design Structural Practice. He will be based in Erie, PA.

Yeager has nearly 20 years of professional experience with expertise in project management and structural engineering services for facilities and building systems.

Also, Carol C. Martsolf, P.E., LEED® AP, manager of professional career development with Urban Engineers, has been nominated for inclusion in Temple University’s Gallery of Success, which honors outstanding alumni from each of the university’s schools and colleges. Martsolf received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Temple in 1992.

At Urban Engineers, she manages the process of developing Training Institute courses, from needs analysis to developing courses, learning outcomes and assessments, and final evaluation. She also has served as project manager for various civil engineering projects.

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