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Knueppel named SEPTA's new general manager


Jeffrey Knueppel, SEPTA's new general manager
Photo: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Jeffrey Knueppel has been appointed general manager of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to succeed Joseph Casey, who is set to retire Sept. 30.

A 27-year SEPTA employee, Knueppel most recently served as deputy GM overseeing the engineering, maintenance and construction (EM&C) division, as well as operations.

"In a climate of ever increasing responsibilities and funding challenges, Jeff has consistently demonstrated the requisite temperament, passion, strategic management skills and innovative thinking to successfully assume the duties of general manager," said SEPTA Chairman Pasquale Deon.

Knueppel joined the agency in 1988 as an entry level structural engineer. In that role, he focused on the repair of aging elevated transit structures, bridges and tunnels, SEPTA officials said.

After several job advancements, he was promoted to chief engineer. He later became assistant manager/chief engineer of the EM&C division before becoming deputy GM.

Under Knueppel's watch, SEPTA has carried out 32 transit infrastructure improvement projects as part of its $191 million stimulus program.

As GM, he plans to continue working with his team to advance the agency's "Rebuilding for the Future" program aimed at reducing its state of good repair backlog, SEPTA officials said.