Management & Operations

Long Beach Transit appoints new president/CEO

Posted on June 25, 2013

Long Beach Transit voted to appoint Kenneth McDonald, a veteran transit executive at major transit systems across the nation, as the agency's new president/CEO, effective August 1, 2013.

McDonald brings over 25 years of transit experience, currently serving as the Assistant VP, transit and rail systems, with Parsons Brinckerhoff International, where he oversees transit programs and projects throughout the U.S. and Canada. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Prior to that, McDonald spent 20 years with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority in Atlanta in a succession of increasingly responsible roles culminating to Assistant GM of Operations where he oversaw the Authority’s bus, rail and paratransit services.

McDonald holds both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Technology Management from the Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga.

McDonald’s appointment is the result of a nationwide executive search that began in August 2012, following Laurence W. Jackson’s announcement to retire after 38 years of service with Long Beach Transit. The search was led by Long Beach Transit Board Member and Chair of the Selection Committee, Freda Hinsche Otto.

“I am excited to come to Long Beach Transit, an agency that has a positive reputation in both the transit industry and within the community,” said McDonald. “I look forward to working with the great team of employees who have made Long Beach Transit the progressive organization it is today. It is my goal to focus on employees, finances, transit services for our customers and our quality of service, while concentrating on the things customers understand and expect — on-time performance, clean vehicles, courteous and helpful employees and clear, reliable communication at all times. Together we will build on the past success of the organization and move forward to great achievements in the coming years.” McDonald and his family look forward to relocating and residing in Long Beach.

RELATED: "Long Beach Transit's Jackson retires."

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

More News

Valley Metro's Banta announces resignation

Has been with the agency since 2010 and oversaw its transition from a construction agency to an operating agency. He plans to work with the board to find his replacement.

Public transit users save $9,286, annually

The savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle, which includes the Nov. 23 average national gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking rate numbers.

After criticism, MBTA delays schedule changes

The schedules, which would have operated two fewer trains out of North Station per day, were criticized by some as cuts. The MBTA had said the changes would improve service and decrease delays.

Amazon pulls controversial ads from NYC subways

The ads were for its new series, “The Man in the High Castle,” and featured wrapped New York subway seats with iconography from Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

Chicago agencies release new Ventra mobile payment app

The app is the first of its kind to allow customers to pay for rides on all three transit systems — CTA, Metra and Pace — from their mobile devices, transforming the way people across Chicago take transit each day.

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