Management & Operations

DeMartino to manage Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner rail service

Posted on January 27, 2020


Donna DeMartino was named the new managing director of the Los Angeles–San Diego–San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency.

In addition to leading efforts to improve passenger rail ridership, reliability, coordination, and safety along the LOSSAN rail corridor, DeMartino will oversee management and operations of the state-supported, Amtrak-operated Pacific Surfliner intercity passenger rail service, replacing Jennifer L. Bergener, who has led the agency since 2012. Bergener was recently named deputy CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority.

The 351-mile LOSSAN rail corridor covers a six-county coastal region in Southern California and is the second busiest intercity passenger rail corridor in the U.S. The Pacific Surfliner is the busiest state-supported Amtrak route in the country.

DeMartino’s appointment was unanimously approved by the executive committee and supported by the LOSSAN board. She brings more than 30 years of demonstrated ability in delivering mission-critical projects, most recently serving as CEO of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District since 2001. She led the conversion of the entire Stockton Metropolitan Area fleet to all hybrid and electric buses. She also led the design and secured funding for important facility upgrades, including construction of a new Downtown Transit Center, a new Regional Transportation Center, and several major passenger transfer locations. DeMartino began her career as a member of Sacramento Regional Transit’s light rail start up and operations team.

The LOSSAN Agency is governed by an 11-member Board composed of officials representing rail owners, operators, and planning agencies along the LOSSAN rail corridor between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

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