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Monro to retire from FRA after serving as acting administrator for six months


On Friday, Acting Federal Railroad Administrator Betty Monro announced plans to retire at year end. The former deputy administrator was named acting administrator in June after FRA Administrator Allan Rutter resigned to become deputy executive director of the North Texas Tollway Authority.

"It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my long-awaited retirement," Monro said in a letter. "I have been slightly delayed beyond my original plan to retire immediately after the election due to intervening challenges which needed to be addressed. However, I now feel like I can move forward with my personal plans."

Monro previously served as special assistant for aviation policy to former U.S. Transportation Secretary Sam Skinner, and chief of staff to former FRA Administrator Gilbert Carmichael and U.S. Rep. Michael "Mac" Collins (R-Ga.). She also served a stint as director of federal legislation for the Air Transport Association of America, a U.S. airline industry trade association.

The FRA is not ready to announce who will head the administration after Monro leaves, says FRA spokesman Steve Kulm.

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