The Utah Transit Authority’s Board of Trustees Friday announced it has begun its search for a new president & CEO to lead the transit agency as it transitions from building large rail projects to an increased focus on operations.
The job opening was officially posted today both locally and nationally on industry web sites. The announcement follows the retirement last month of former President & CEO Michael Allegra, who had been leading the agency since 2010.
Recently, UTA has been focused on integrating bus routes with its new array of TRAX light rail and FrontRunner commuter rail lines after completing construction of its FrontLines 2015 project two years ahead of schedule and $300 million under budget. The project included opening four new light rail lines and one commuter rail line. UTA also finished construction of the S-line streetcar.
In its job announcement, UTA explained that the president & CEO will serve as the statutory officer of the Utah Transit Authority reporting to the Board of Trustees. The candidate selected for the job will provide factual information and advice to the board regarding key strategic, policy and legislative issues; be accountable for implementing decisions made by the board; establish current and long-range strategic objectives and formulate plans and policies and allocate resources for the achievement of these objectives; lead the authority’s executive team while fostering a collaborative, innovative and high-performing culture; work with elected officials, local, state and federal agencies, public constituencies, non-governmental organizations, and other external stakeholders to advance the organization’s strategic plan and ensure success of voter approved programs.
UTA has achieved record ridership for many years and was named the 2014 Outstanding Public Transportation System by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the international organization representing the transit industry in the United States and Canada.