Management & Operations

Former board member tapped as next SEPTA GM

Posted on November 21, 2019

Leslie S. Richards, who previously served on the SEPTA Board, will oversee SEPTA’s 9,500 employees and all aspects of the Authority’s operations.
Leslie S. Richards, who previously served on the SEPTA Board, will oversee SEPTA’s 9,500 employees and all aspects of the Authority’s operations.

The SEPTA Board voted unanimously to appoint PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards as the authority’s new GM. Richards will join SEPTA in January, following the retirement of GM Jeffrey D. Knueppel.

Richards will oversee SEPTA’s 9,500 employees and all aspects of the authority’s operations. SEPTA is the sixth largest public transportation agency in the U.S., serving approximately one million riders each weekday.

Richards has extensive leadership experience in the strategic planning and management of transportation projects both in her private-sector work in the planning and engineering fields over the past two decades, as well as in her work in state and local government. Her private- and public-sector backgrounds give her a unique perspective on understanding stakeholder issues. She is known for her ability to build consensus to find solutions to problems.

“SEPTA is critical to the vitality of the Philadelphia region, and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a whole,” Richards said. “I am honored to be selected as the next General Manager, and look forward to working with SEPTA employees, riders, residents and other stakeholders to ensure we meet the region’s transportation needs now and for years to come.”

As PennDOT Secretary, Richards instituted new policies based on sustainable infrastructure investments and innovation. She launched the Transportation Investment Plan, a metric-driven strategic investment approach for the 12-Year Capital Program. She also started a new initiative called PennDOT Connects for the planning and delivery of capital and maintenance projects. The new policy enhances PennDOT's collaboration with local governments, and ensures the department's investments consider the mobility needs of communities in project design.

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

More News

Chicago Transit Authority to triple digital advertising network

New contract will generate up to $247.5M in revenues for agency over next five years.

DeMartino steps down as CEO of San Joaquin RTD

Has accepted the position of managing director of rail agency that manages Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner intercity passenger rail service.

Public transit ridership up for third quarter of 2019: APTA

This includes a rise of 5.46% for heavy rail, 4.38% for commuter rail systems, and 0.59% for all bus systems.

InfraStrategies LLC adds principal consultant to team

Sophie Guiny joins the team as an exceptionally accomplished transportation infrastructure funding and financing expert and will be based in the Washington, D.C. office.

MTS delivers $1B in annual value to San Diego region, report finds

The report concludes that every dollar of public investment returns $2.82 in the form of jobs, infrastructure investment, productivity gains, environmental benefits, and money saved by riders.

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

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

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