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Wed, Nov 28, 2012

Rick Brown Joins Valley Metro as Chief Engineer

Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 28, 2012) Valley Metro announces the hiring of Rick Brown as the Chief Engineer/Director of Design and Construction.  He is the final member of a new leadership team developed to serve the growing transit system and ridership in metro Phoenix, Arizona.

Rick Brown

Over the summer, Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta assembled a dynamic executive team possessing vast expertise in planning, communications, construction, operations and administrative leadership. The reorganization was a result of combining the regional bus and rail agencies under one chief executive.  Banta was selected as the single CEO by unanimous Board decision in February 2012.

Brown comes on board as Valley Metro begins construction in both Phoenix and Mesa to expand light rail and plans for many more miles of additional bus service and amenities.  He has more than 37 years of experience in the design and construction of transit projects with agencies and private firms across the country.  He arrives most recently from METRO in Houston where he served as the transit agency’s Senior Director/Chief Engineer over Engineering and Major Capital Projects.  Brown has previously worked for DART in Dallas, MARTA in Atlanta, Tri-Met in Portland and returns to Valley Metro following his years (2001 – 2004) helping to design and construct the current 20-mile light rail line.  He also offers a skillset broadened by his many years of experience in the private sector with engineering firms Carter & Burgess and Parsons Brinckerhoff. 

“As the leadership team is now complete, we have an immediate goal of providing a best-in-class, multi-modal transit system for our passengers,” said Banta.  “Brown’s arrival could not be more well-timed as we begin active construction and expansion of the regional transit network.”

Other members of the Valley Metro leadership team include:
Ray Abraham, Chief Operations Officer
Hillary Foose, Director, Communication and Marketing
Wulf Grote, Director, Planning and Development
Carol Ketcherside, Director, Administration and Organizational Development
John McCormack, Chief Financial Officer
Jyme Sue McLaren, Chief of Staff
Mike Ladino, General Counsel

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of the regional bus, rail and paratransit system. The system serves more than 250,000 riders each day, 50,000 of which derive from light rail which opened 20 miles in December 2008.  Six light rail extensions and more bus rapid transit are under way to help create a Total Transit Network by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by visiting or following the agency on Facebook and Twitter.
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