The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (“BART”) is a special district governed by a nine (9) member Board of Directors and is the fifth (5th) largest transit agency in the United States, operating 122 miles of heavy rail track with 48 stations. BART’s heavy rail rapid transit and paratransit serves Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties, with extensions to San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties of the San Francisco Bay metropolitan area. BART also operates rail service to and from the Oakland International Airport, a diesel extension into east Contra Costa County, and manages the Capitol Corridor intercity passenger rail service operated by Amtrak between Silicon Valley and the Sacramento region.
BART has over 3,900 employees that provide nearly 415,000 average weekday trips to customers.
For more than four decades, BART has been an efficient, reliable way for families, friends and commuters to safely reach their destinations. We are proud to support the region’s economy, reduce traffic congestion and protect the environment. BART is working hard to revitalize aging infrastructure, implement computer-based train control, replace the entire existing fleet of rail cars, and preparing to operate and maintain the Silicon Valley-Berryessa extension. BART’s strategic plan is focused on reliability, safety, security, and cleanliness.
The next General Manager will be expected to be forward-thinking and capable of developing and implementing a bold strategic vision to lead BART in its mission to become a world class transit system by driving culture change and delivering on capital investments.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The General Manager oversees BART’s operations, administration, and system expansion. Applicants should have experience in leadership in a multi-modal public transit agency servicing a diverse metropolitan area; have shown success in building complex organizations with high regard for daily reliability, customer service, and foresight to ensure future success and world class scale accomplishments. Additionally, this successful candidate will have a deep understanding of administrative functionality including operating and capital financial management, strategic planning, and external affairs.
The BART General Manager will tackle the challenge of keeping the Bay Area moving by replacing its aging rail fleet (the oldest in the country) while also rebuilding its infrastructure and modernizing its stations. Enhancements to our train control system will allow BART to run a safer, more frequent and reliable train service.
The following areas define the desired background and qualifications for this role:
GENERAL TRANSIT MANAGEMENT
Oversees and coordinates the activities and development of Deputy General Manager, Assistant General Managers, and Executive Managers and other related staff who are responsible for implementing and administering all activities within their functional areas.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of executive management experience with a large complex operating organization, transportation agency or another public or private entity of comparable nature, complexity, and size to BART. While transit experience is preferred, candidates with experience from other industries will be considered. A Bachelor’s degree in transportation, transportation management, engineering, business management or equivalent is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience consistent with the required qualifications will also be considered.