Greater Richmond Transit Company CEO Julie Timm has been nominated to lead the traffic system in the Seattle region.
The Sound Transit Board of Directors on Thursday recommended that Timm be the next CEO. The board is scheduled to vote on June 23.
“Julie Timm’s deep experience, leadership skills and passion for public transportation will make her a great leader in Sound Transit as we work to deliver the nation’s largest public transportation expansion program and dramatically expand our operations in in the coming years, “said Kent, chairman of the board. Keel in a statement.
The agency said more than 90 applications were received for the site. The authority manages light rail and bus transportation. The former CEO retired.
In a phone interview Friday night, Timm said she and the Seattle traffic agency are still negotiating a contract and hope to stay with GRTC for a few more months.
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Timm said he is sad to leave his home state, but said the Seattle area has a “transformative” traffic system and that recent investments in it will be “central” to the entire industry. mass traffic. =
“This was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” he said.
According to a recent report in the Seattle Times, the new head of the regional traffic system will be in charge of overseeing a voter-approved traffic expansion plan that would serve 750,000 daily passengers in three counties. The report says the new CEO is also likely to face challenges related to construction delays, bureaucratic hurdles and tariff enforcement.
Timm has been CEO of the Richmond system since 2019. He arrived just one year after the launch of the $ 65 million GRTC Pulse bus transit line.
Throughout her tenure as CEO of GRTC, Timm has advocated a zero-rate policy for the system that began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia State Transportation Agency has offered an equivalent grant to help subsidize zero fare for passengers for the next three years, but it is unclear whether the GRTC board will maintain this policy on June 30, 2023.
The system has also seen millions in new investments thanks to the creation of the Central Virginia Transportation Authority in 2020. Timm and other officials have hoped the new funding could help expand and improve bus service in the region. but the number of drivers and mechanics has been reduced. caused service cuts over the past year.
Ben Campbell, chairman of GRTC’s board of directors, said Timm has been instrumental in improving the executive management of the traffic system.
“I hate losing it, but we have a solid operation and good executive staff,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. It has left a good foundation for the next person. “
Campbell also noted that the next CEO will come after a change in the way the traffic system is governed. Earlier this year, the board approved changes to its bylaws to add three representatives from Henry County.
Although the system is owned in equal parts by Richmond and Chesterfield counties, each of which still has three seats on the board, Henry’s officials last year had requested seats at the table as the new funding mechanisms through the regional transportation authority meant that the county would become the main source of the GRTC. of local money. The changes also allowed the three localities to appoint elected officials to the GRTC board, which gave them more direct oversight and the ability to intervene in the system’s operations, Campbell said.
Prior to joining GRTC, Timm was WeGo Public Transit Development Director in Nashville, Tennessee from 2016 to 2019 and previously held positions at Hampton Roads Transit and the private sector. He also managed projects for the U.S. Air Force Command Headquarters in Virginia.
“I am thrilled and honored to be considered for the opportunity to support the Sound Transit Board and staff in delivering truly transformative and historic investments in scale and impact,” Timm said in a statement from the Seattle news agency. .
“Public transportation is about serving people and improving lives, and I look forward to working alongside the region’s communities to continue to make the region’s vision for its future a reality.”
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