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The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) has promoted Steve Witter to executive director of the agency's capital projects and construction division.
General Manager Neil McFarlane chose Witter to lead the division because of his leadership on major construction projects, most recently on the MAX Orange Line light-rail route, TriMet officials said in a press release. In his new position, Witter will lead all planning, development, design and construction, and improvement of TriMet's capital projects, including many state of good repair efforts and the Southwest Corridor light-rail project.The Capital Projects and Construction Division has 84 employees and a 2017 operating and capital budget of $43 million. Witter most recently served as program manager of TriMet's $1.5 billion MAX Orange Line, which is also known as the Portland-Milwaukie light-rail transit project, which opened on time and $50 million under budget in September 2015.During his 15 years at TriMet, he's also worked in various capacities on other capital projects, including conceptual design of the MAX Green Line, the MAX Yellow Line and WES commuter rail.