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NEW YORK CITY—MTA New York City Transit has named Wynton Habersham, acting senior vice president of the Department of Subways, to that position on a permanent basis.

Habersham, a 33-year veteran of NYC Transit, filled the vacancy after Joseph Leader retired in December 2015. Previously, Habersham was vice president and chief officer for service delivery. His tenure with the agency began in the signals division and included a stint as vice president of the Maintenance of Way Division.

He is the first African-American to lead the subway division.

DALLAS—Gary Thomas, president/executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit and a past APTA chair, recently received the C.A.W. Clark 2016 Human Relations Award from the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater ­Dallas & Vicinity Inc., a consortium of more than 300 churches in the region. Thomas was honored for empowering people with a viable public transit option to go to work, worship, shop, recreate and ­conveniently get to other destinations.

WASHINGTON, DC—Susannah Kerr Adler has joined CH2M as the new lead of its transit and rail technology practice.
Kerr Adler has more than 23 years of experience, coming to CH2M after holding an executive position at SYSTRA and serving as vice president at both Parsons Brinckerhoff and URS.

She is a designated committee chair director on the APTA Board of Directors, a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2003, chair of the Sustainability, Sustainability Steering and Leadership APTA committees and a member of several other committees.

DALLAS—MV Transportation Inc. announced the promotion of Gary Coles to chief sales officer, core business. Coles joined the company in 2007 as a senior vice president of business development. Earlier he was a general manager with Veolia Transportation and worked 15 years in leadership roles with Greyhound Lines Inc.

ORANGE, CA—Barry Lemke has joined the Orange office of WSP | ­Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) as a new senior principal technical specialist. He has worked in the rail industry for more than 35 years, most recently as a senior signal designer with a national engineering firm responsible. From 1995-2008 he was a senior supervising engineer in the Salt Lake, Chicago and San Francisco offices of WSP | PB.

WASHINGTON, DC—APTA members are among the eight newly named members of the Eno Board of Advisors, which provides advice and counsel to the Eno Center for Transportation’s executive leadership.

They are APTA Vice Chair Doran Barnes, executive director of Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA; Marcia Ferranto, president and chief executive officer, WTS International; Larry Yermack, a strategic advisor to Cubic Transportation Systems; Andrew Salzberg, transportation and mobility policy manager for Uber; and Linda Washington, president & CEO of the Washington Consulting Team.

NEW YORK CITY—STV announced the promotions of Joseph F. North to senior vice president and Norman Forde and Eric J. Root to vice presidents.

North, based in Newark, NJ, has 40 years of experience in light rail, commuter rail, bus and paratransit operations, joining STV in 2009. He also was general manager of light rail and bus and paratransit services at New Jersey Transit Corporation and a chief transportation officer in bus operations for MTA New York City Transit.

Forde, based in Baltimore, is an STV employee since 2008 with more than 25 years in the field. He is a past chair of the APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee.

Root, based in Charlotte, NC, has more than 20 years of experience and joined STV in 2005. He oversaw systems management for the 9.3-mile extension of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Blue Line and construction management for the original CATS Blue Line.
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