GSA names Downey, Acosta to D.C. Metro board

Posted on January 25, 2010

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) appointed Mortimer L. Downey to serve as director and Marcel C. Acosta to serve as alternate director of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) board of directors for four-year terms.

Under federal law (P.L.110-432) and the Metro compact, the GSA Administrator has the authority to appoint two directors and two alternative directors to the Metro board.

The Metro board of directors determines agency policy and provides oversight for the funding, operation and expansion of transit facilities. Once federal appointments are complete, the board of directors will be composed of eight voting and eight alternate directors. Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and the federal government appoint two voting and two alternate directors each.

Downey, who has more than 50 years of experience in the operations and management of major public transportation authorities, has been involved with the Metro system for more than 30 years, helping to complete and fund the system as both a government official and an industry expert.

Having previously served as the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and as executive director of the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority, the nation's largest transit system, Downey has run and overseen efficient and accountable transit programs across the nation. As a resident of Northern Virginia, Downey has been a rider of the Metro system for more than 20 years.

As executive director for National Capital Planning Commission, Acosta has extensive knowledge of the D.C. area. Prior to joining NCPC, Acosta served as an executive of the Chicago Transit Authority, the nation's second largest transit system, where he successfully oversaw initiatives to reduce operating costs of the bus and rail systems and to increase system ridership.

Acosta is also a resident of the District of Columbia and rides the Metro to work every day.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Fla.'s JTA sets launch date for new BRT service

The 9.4 mile Green Line on the North Corridor will feature direct, high-frequency service; 18 branded stations; complimentary Wi-Fi, a Park-n-Ride lot, and real-time bus arrival information.

Canadian bus service to block Internet streaming

Some customers have reported slow internet service, while others couldn't connect at al, due to Internet streaming issues.

Nova Bus names new east coast regional sales manager

Prior to joinging Nova, John Manzi served as eastern regional transit sales manager for a major transmission manufacturer.

Shuttle, circulator routes drawing thousands of riders in Miami

These services carried more than eight million passengers last year in 27 municipalities and are praised by riders and public officials alike as successful transit programs.

Calif.'s VVTA unveils Google trip planner update, web app

VVTA staff coordinated with the county and cities to maintain route and stop accuracy throughout the release cycle. Meeting the needs of the many departments at each agency added to the complexity of the project.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close