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Margro to Retire as BART General Manager


April 16, 2007


Thomas E. Margro has announced his plans to retire, effective June 29, as general manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. He took on the post on Sept. 30, 1996, making him the longest-serving general manager in the agency's history.

"It has been with great pride and pleasure that I have served as general manager for close to 11 years," Margro said. "It has been an exciting and professionally rewarding experience for me to lead such a great organization that provides a critical transportation service to the bay area public."

During Margro's tenure, BART received APTA's Outstanding Public Transportation System honor in 2004. Margro is credited with overseeing improvements in the system's on-time performance, replacement of antiquated ticket machines and faregates, and the 2003 opening of the San Francisco International Airport/Millbrae extension.

"Tom is a great public servant. He has deftly steered us through good times and hard times. The riders owe Tom a great deal of gratitude," BART Board President Lynette Sweet said. "Now we look forward to the next chapter."

Margro had previously worked for BART from 1990 to 1995 as assistant general manager of transit system development. He was responsible for the implementation of the BART Extensions Program, which designed and built the extensions to Pittsburg/Bay Point, Dublin/Pleasanton, and San Francisco International Airport/Millbrae.

Earlier, he spent 18 years with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia, working in positions including manager of facilities engineering; senior program manager, electrical facilities; chief engineer; and ultimately assistant general manager of engineering and construction. He also served the New Jersey Turnpike Authority as director of maintenance and engineering services/chief engineer.

For APTA, Margro serves as a designated director on the Board of Directors; chairs the Rail Transit Committee and Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; is CEO liaison to the Capital Projects Subcommittee; and is a member of the Procurement Steering Committee; Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee; Rail Standards Policy and Planning Committee; and Standards Development and Oversight Council.

BART noted that it will begin its search for a general manager to succeed Margro.

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