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Beverly A. Scott

BOSTON—Beverly A. Scott, general manager of the  Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Massachusetts DOT rail and transit administrator since 2012, has announced that she will step down effective April 11.

Scott has worked in public transportation for almost 40 years, joining MBTA after becoming the first woman chief executive officer/general manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. She earlier headed the Sacramento Regional Transit District and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and held senior-level positions in New York City, New Jersey, Washington and Dallas. She was APTA chair in 2008-2009 and currently serves on numerous APTA committees. She was named a White House Champion of Change in 2012.

John D. Jenkins, Francis C. Jones, Robert Thomas, Gary F. Skinner, Michael C. May, Matthew J. Kelly, Jonathan L. Way

WOODBRIDGE, VA—The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission Executive Board announced that John D. Jenkins, a member of the Prince William Board of County Super­visors, is its new chairman. Manassas Park Mayor Francis C. Jones is vice chairman; ­Robert Thomas, a member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, secretary; Gary F. ­Skinner, a member of the Spotsyl­vania Board of County Supervisors, treasurer; and Michael C. May, a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, immediate past chairman. At-large members are Matthew J. Kelly, a member of the Fredericksburg City Council, and Jonathan L. Way, vice mayor of the Manassas City Council.

Shawn Nelson, Daryl Busch, Keith Millhouse
LOS ANGELES—The Southern California Regional Rail Authority Board of Directors, the governing body of Metrolink commuter rail, has elected Shawn Nelson its chair, succeeding Highland Mayor Larry McCallon. Nelson, an Orange County supervisor and chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority, joined the Metrolink board in 2013. Daryl Busch, mayor of Perris since 1999 and a Metrolink board member since 2005, was elected first vice chair. He represents the Riverside County Transportation Commission. Keith Millhouse, second vice chair, is mayor of Moorpark and represents the Ventura County Transportation Commission. He chaired the Metrolink board in 2009-2010.

Nazih Haddad
WASHINGTON, DC—The Northeast Maglev has named Nazih Haddad executive vice president of the company. He will manage development of a high-speed rail system between ­Washington and New York City using superconducting maglev technology. Haddad has more than three decades of experience in the transportation and passenger rail sectors, serving most recently as senior program director for Louis Berger. He previously was chief program officer for Qatar Railways Company.

William Schafer

JACKSONVILLE, FL—­TranSystems has announced the promotion of ­William Schafer from associate to senior associate. Schafer has 41 years of experience in railroad planning, engineering and construction for freight and passenger rail, terminal facilities and commuter and light rail systems.

Jim Richards, Liliana Burbano Bonilla, Lauren Robinson
KNOXVILLE, TN—The Knoxville Transportation Authority Board of Directors elected Jim Richards, a board member since 2012, as chair. Richards is the general manager of Mast General Store in Knoxville. Liliana Burbano Bonilla, ­project coordinator of the Safe Rides to School Program for the Knox County Health Department, was elected vice chair, and Knoxville Area Transit employee Lauren Robinson as recording secretary.

Mike Suarez, Karen Jaroch, Sandra Murman
TAMPA, FL—The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors named Tampa City Councilman Mike Suarez to a second term as its chair. Karen Jaroch is the new vice chair and Sandra Murman is board secretary.

Bob Baulsir
FORT WORTH, TX—The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) has named Bob Baulsir vice president of TEX Rail and of procurement. ­Baulsir joined The T in November 2014 as TEX Rail project manager. He has more than 30 years of experience overseeing large transit projects, retiring last year as general manager of administration for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee. Rob Harmon, The T’s chief financial officer who had been officer in charge of TEX Rail, will remain involved with the rail project.

Ron Yirigian

GLASTONBURY, CT—Parsons Brinckerhoff has hired Rob Yirigian as deputy area manager in its Glastonbury office. He has more than 27 years of experience managing major ­Connecticut transportation programs.

Robert Abdul-Salaam, Jerry Griffin, Chris Tomlinson, Russell McMurry

ATLANTA—The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Board of Directors is welcoming four new board members in February: Roberta Abdul-Salaam, Jerry Griffin, Chris Tomlinson and ­Russell McMurry.

The Clayton County Board of ­Commissioners appointed Abdul-Salaam, a former Georgia state representative and leader of a county public transit advocacy organization, and Griffin, longtime executive director of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. They are voting members of the board.

Tomlinson, executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the State Road and Tollway Authority, and McMurry, the newly appointed commissioner for Georgia DOT, will serve as non-voting members.

Clint Hooppaw, Jon Ulrich, Jane Victorey, Chris Gerlach
BURNSVILLE, MN—The ­Minnesota Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors re-elected its officers for 2015: Apple Valley City Councilmember Clint ­Hooppaw, chair; Jon Ulrich, Scott County commissioner, vice chair; and Jane Victorey, Savage City Council member, secretary/treasurer. Also, Dakota County Commissioner Chris Gerlach has joined the board.

Chuck L. Sisk, Tom Tobiassen, Natalie Menten, Jeff Walker, Larry Hoy, Ernest Archleta, Tina Francone
DENVER—Chuck L. Sisk has been elected chair of the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors. First vice chair is Tom Tobiassen; second vice chair, Natalie Menten; secretary, Jeff Walker; and treasurer, Larry Hoy.
Newly elected directors are Ernest Archuleta and Tina Francone.

John Cook, Gary Skinner, Paul Smedberg, Maureen Caddigan
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Virginia Railway Express Operations Board has announced its officers for 2015. Board chairman is Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook; vice chairman, Spotsylvania County Supervisor Gary Skinner; secretary, Alexandria City Councilor Paul Smedberg; and treasurer, Prince William County Supervisor ­Maureen Caddigan.
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