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SEPTA promotes Lund to assistant GM; Valley Metro names Brown chief engineer

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Valley Metro in Phoenix recently announced key personnel appointments.

SEPTA has promoted Robert Lund Jr. to assistant general manager of engineering, maintenance and construction. He will be responsible for all engineering and maintenance related to stations, buildings, bridges, track, communications, and signal and power systems. In addition, he will oversee the capital construction of transit and railroad facilities, as well as right-of-way elements.

An 11-year SEPTA veteran, Lund joined the agency in 2001 as manager of structural engineering. He became deputy director for the Market Street Elevated Reconstruction project in 2007, and was named senior director of capital construction in 2009. Lund began his career as a structural engineer at Stone & Webster Engineering Corp. and served the New York Power Authority for 19 years.

Meanwhile, Rick Brown has joined Valley Metro as chief engineer and director of design and construction. Brown is the final member of a new leadership team developed to serve the agency's growing transit system and ridership, Valley Metro officials said in a prepared statement.

He joins the agency as it begins construction in Phoenix and Mesa to expand light rail. Brown has more than 37 years of experience in the design and construction of transit projects with agencies and private firms across the country. Most recently, was senior director and chief engineer over engineering and major capital projects at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas.

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