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King to Retire from ­Triangle Transit

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—David King, general manager of Triangle Transit, has announced his plans to retire next year following eight years in the post.

Before joining Triangle Transit in 2006, King worked 33 years at North Carolina DOT, most recently as deputy secretary, responsible for the department’s five multimodal divisions including Public Transportation and Rail.

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.

JACKSONVILLE, FL—Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., chief executive officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, has been elected treasurer of the Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida. The organization was formed in 1997 to facilitate the exchange of information among toll agencies and the transportation industry.

Ford has more than 30 years of transportation industry experience, including chief executive positions with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. He is a member-at-large of the APTA Executive Committee.

 Vera Bumpers

HOUSTON—Vera Bumpers, an employee of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) for more than 30 years, has been named the agency’s first female police chief. She ­succeeds Tim Kelly.

Bumpers joined the security department of METRO in 1981, before the system established its own police force. She is the agency’s first woman to serve at every level of command: officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and assistant police chief.

John H. Robinson, Robert Perrine

WASHINGTON, DC—Operation Lifesaver has named John H. ­Robinson the new state coordinator in New Hampshire and Robert Perrine to head operations in Delaware. Robinson succeeds Lyman Cousens and Perrine takes over from Bob King.

Robinson, a third-generation railroader, worked 23 years for a metropolitan New York commuter rail system and currently serves New Hampshire DOT as a rail safety inspector/investigator. ­Perrine is railroad program manager with ­Delaware DOT.

Amy Dobrikova
INDIANAPOLIS—Crosspoint Kinetics announces the appointment of Amy Dobrikova as director of strategy and business development. She joins the firm from Echo Automotive, where she was vice president of sales and business development.

Amy Hockman
COLUMBUS, OH—The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announces the appointment of Amy Hockman as director of mobility management. She has more than 22 years of management experience, working most recently as general manager for MV Transportation’s IndyGo paratransit contract in Indianapolis and general manager for MV Transportation’s contract with the city of Lancaster, OH, Public Transit System.

Charles R. Lynch, Jeffery A. Hurley

SAN FRANCISCO—Charles R. Lynch and Jeffery A. Hurley have joined ­Gannett Fleming’s team in San Bruno, CA.

Lynch, a vice president of the firm’s Transit & Rail Systems Division, was formerly based in Jacksonville, FL, with more than 35 years of experience. He will serve as project manager for the firm’s work to support Caltrain’s extensive modernization program.

Hurley will serve as deputy project manager on the Caltrain project. With more than 20 years of transit engineering and construction project management experience, he comes to Gannett Fleming after working extensively on transit projects throughout California.

Jack Burton
ANCHORAGE, AK—Jack Burton recently marked his 50th anniversary as an employee of the Alaska Railroad. He joined the railroad as a track laborer in April 1964 and, during the past five decades, has worked in numerous capacities. He also has served since 1994 on the railroad’s board of directors in a position appointed by the governor to represent the employees.

Burton was president of Local 183 Alaska Railroad Workers/American Federation of Government Employees from 1980-94.

The railroad renamed the rail siding in Burton’s hometown of Moose Pass in his honor.

Following Burton’s example, two of his brothers, one daughter, two sons, and one grandson have also worked for the Alaska Railroad.

Marc Renaud, Arjan van Andel, Stefan Gemperli
MONTREAL, QC—GIRO announced the hiring of Marc Renaud as general manager of services engineering and Arjan van Andel as director of business development.

Renaud joins GIRO after serving as group chief information officer for a global public transportation operator. He also worked for Veolia Environment and IBM.

Van Andel previously held high-level positions with software and technology companies in the public transportation sector.

Also, the company named Stefan Gemperli director of public transport software for the Canadian market. He most recently worked for SNC-Lavalin and had a 20-year career with a public transportation software and technology company in Switzerland.
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