January 31, 2011
Look for opportunities in this issue's classifieds, which include 3 notices; 16 bids & proposals; and 11 employment ads for positions including a state chief of public transportation, director of finance and marketing, and a chief information officer!
WMATA Selects Sarles for Permanent Post
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has named Richard R. Sarles Sr., who has served as interim general manager for the past year, to stay on in a permanent capacity with a new title: chief executive officer.
Sarles joined WMATA in 2010 after John B. Catoe Jr. stepped down from the post. He headed New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) from 2007 until his retirement in 2010. His NJ Transit career began in 2002 as assistant executive director for capital programs and planning.
Sarles is a professional engineer who served more than 20 years in construction, project management, and project planning roles with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He also served Amtrak from 1996 until 2002 as a vice president, leading the Northeast Corridor High-Speed Rail program and subsequently leading capital program management for capital projects across the nation.
For APTA, Sarles is a member of the Bus and Paratransit CEOs Committee; Legislative Committee; Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; and Rail Transit Committee.