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DART's Snoble to take L.A. MTA's top post in fall

Officials from Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority June 20 announced that DART President/Executive Director Roger Snoble plans to resign his post and become MTA’s new chief executive officer in September.

Snoble has held the top post at DART since 1994 and "has been instrumental in the growth of the Dallas Metroplex," said Gordon Linton, former Federal Transit Administrator, in a prepared statement.

"His skills and the respect he enjoys in the industry bode well for the continued improvement and growth of the MTA in Los Angeles," he said. "I think Roger will continue to build on the foundation that has been established by Julian Burke."

Burke, who has been MTA’s CEO since 1997, announced in January that he planned to retire as soon as a successor was selected. A corporate turnaround expert, he is widely credited with pulling MTA out of a financial mess and transforming the agency into a well-run transportation system.

"The MTA is a lot more stable than it was when I arrived four years ago, but now it’s time to turn to a transportation expert to move Los Angeles forward," he said. "No one has a better reputation than Roger Snoble."

The third-largest public transportation agency in the country, MTA has a $2.7 billion annual budget, more than 9,000 employees, and operates bus, subway and light-rail services.

DART is comprised of 13 member jurisdictions and operates and maintains bus/paratransit service, light rail, commuter rail (Trinity Railway Express), high-occupancy vehicle lanes and a vanpool program.

"It was a real coup to recruit [Snoble]," said Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, MTA chair and Los Angeles County supervisor. "He was the only candidate who manages a transportation agency similar to MTA that operates a multimodal transit system, builds infrastructure and also is responsible for regional transportation planning and programming."

Snoble signed a four-year contract to manage MTA and will earn an annual base salary of $295,000.

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