Metrolink looks to the East Coast for new CEO

Michael DePallo will begin as Metrolink's new CEO in October.
Michael DePallo will begin as Metrolink's new CEO in October.
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The Metrolink regional commuter rail system today introduced its new chief executive officer. The veteran transit leader will travel quite a distance to assume his new job.

Michael DePallo is the choice. He serves as director and general manager for the Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH) under the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Metrolink board members say DePallo helped generate record ridership on that rail system last year after a steady decline of commuters since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also chairs the Security Affairs Steering Committee for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

DePallo, 58, comes to Metrolink with more than 30 years of experience in public transit. Metrolink officials say he has a proven safety record and is good at working out the kinks of a complex passenger rail system.

What may have sealed the deal is DePallo’s work with a effort similar to the advanced Positive Train Control braking technology that Metrolink has begun installing across its rail system.

DePallo isn’t a stranger to the West Coast: he was once served in top management with the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).

DePallo starts his new job on October 15th. He replaces former chief John Fenton, who left Metrolink earlier this year to run a freight railroad company in Florida.