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FRA's Rae to join New York governor's office


Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a handful of new appointments to lead the  state’s transportation initiatives. Among them: Karen Rae, who will serve as deputy secretary of transportation in the governor's office.

Since March 2009, Rae has served as deputy administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, where she managed the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program, as well as safety programs and regulatory initiatives. She also helped develop national freight- and passenger-rail policy.

Rae previously served as deputy commissioner of policy and planning for the New York State Department of Transportation, where she was responsible for advocacy and finance activities. She previously was deputy secretary for local and area transportation at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and director or general manager for transit systems in Austin, Texas, Glen Falls, N.Y., and Buffalo, N.Y.

Rae’s last day at the FRA will be Nov. 3, according to agency spokesperson Brie Sachse. The agency has not yet named a new deputy administrator.

Angela Cotey

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