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Fri, Oct 28, 2011

Board Moves Towards Single CEO for Transit Agencies

Phoenix, AZ (Oct. 27, 2011)  The Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) Board of Directors has been working towards naming a successor for the agency after David A. Boggs announced his retirement effective December 31, 2011. Today, at the RPTA Board meeting, a unanimous decision was made to identify the current METRO Light Rail Chief Executive Officer, Stephen R. Banta as the candidate for the joint Executive Director/CEO for both RPTA and METRO. An independent legal firm will be negotiating with Banta to draft an employment agreement.

The RPTA and METRO Boards will meet again in November for continued discussion and possible approval of the employment agreement.

Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, a bio-diesel Dial-a-Ride fleet, online carpool matching and bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system.

METRO is responsible for the development and operation of the region’s high-capacity transit system. The first 20-mile light rail line opened December 2008 and planning is underway for six additional extensions that will create a 57-mile system by 2031.
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