March 15, 2010
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WMATA Appoints Sarles Interim General Manager
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has named Richard Sarles its interim general manager; he will begin his duties March 29. He succeeds John B. Catoe Jr., who is leaving the post April 2.
Earlier this year, Sarles retired from New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit), where he served most recently as executive director. He joined NJ Transit in 2002 as assistant executive director for capital programs and planning and became executive director in 2007.
Sarles is a professional engineer with more than 20 years in construction, project management, and project planning roles with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He also was a vice president of Amtrak from 1996 until 2002, leading the Northeast Corridor High-Speed Rail program and subsequently heading capital program management for capital projects across the nation.
“The selection of Mr. Sarles is an important step in the board’s efforts to address safety and other important Metro issues,” said WMATA Board Chair Peter Benjamin. “We have searched for and found an experienced transit professional who will hit the ground running while we continue looking for the best permanent general manager.” He continued: “We are fortunate to have a man of Mr. Sarles’ ability who understands the many challenges we face and can immediately begin to address the safety and financial issues that so deeply concern our riders and employees.”