Sound Transit’s Board will consider naming a new CEO tomorrow: Peter M. Rogoff, Under Secretary for Transportation Policy at the USDOT.
Then FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff with Washington Senator Patty Murray in 2011 celebrating the dedication of the tunnel boring machine for the light rail University LINK extension.
“In a competitive field of applicants, Peter Rogoff is the committee’s clear and unanimous recommendation to lead our region in meeting the growing demand for rail and bus service,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine.
There’s more on Sound Transit’s process and Rogoff’s background in a news release from Sound Transit.
His appointment will be considered at the end of the Sound Transit Board meeting tomorrow, which is scheduled from 1:30 until 4 p.m.
As Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, Rogoff provides leadership in the development of policies for the department, generating proposals and guidance regarding legislative, regulatory and safety initiatives. His work spans all transportation modes, including aviation, highway, rail, transit and maritime transportation.
As the nation’s chief public transit official, Rogoff negotiated and signed a record number of full funding grant agreements with transit agencies across the nation to expand rail and bus rapid transit infrastructure.
Rogoff may be best known to the region’s transportation professionals and elected leadership through his work staffing the U.S. Senate’s Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee.
When Washington Senator Patty Murray chaired the subcommittee, Rogoff was her key staff member on it, giving him much experience with people within the region and the transportation needs of central Puget Sound and the state of Washington.
Sound Transit’s current CEO, the beloved Joni Earl, is stepping down in March, when Sound Transit expects to deliver a key milestone: light rail service connecting downtown Seattle with the University of Washington.