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Bay Area Rapid Transit promotes Dugger to general manager

After a nationwide search, Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) board last week named Dorothy Dugger the agency’s eighth general manager. Dugger, who had been serving as deputy general manager, is the first woman to hold BART’s top spot.

“Finally, after 50 years as a district, BART has its first female general manager,” BART Board President Lynette Sweet said in a prepared statement.

Dugger joined BART in 1992 as executive manager of external affairs, overseeing the customer services, government and community relations, marketing and research, media and public affairs, and planning departments. She was named deputy manager in 1994, serving first under Dick White and subsequently Thomas Margro, who on June 29 resigned as the district's longest-serving general manager.

Before joining BART, Dugger spent a decade at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, holding various public affairs and public policy positions.

"Make no mistake, Dorothy earned this opportunity because of her rock-solid leadership credentials and her keen sense of caring for people, especially her customers,” BART Vice President Gail Murray said.

In her new position, Dugger will oversee operating and capital budgets totaling $1 billion, 104 track miles and 3,300 employees.

"We are about to see an influx of new riders in the coming years,” Dugger said. “Our next major challenge is to find the funding to begin a second-generation renovation program that replaces all of our rail cars and upgrades our stations to accommodate our new customers.”

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