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DART Executive Staff Biographies

Gary C. Thomas
President/Executive Director

Gary C. Thomas
Executive Staff
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Gary C. Thomas is president/executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). He is responsible for a 13-city transit system covering 700-square mile service area with bus, light rail, commuter rail, and paratransit services.

Under his leadership DART has doubled its light rail system - twice - to become the nation's longest at 93 miles. The agency has been recognized for innovation in developing a progressive clean fuels program for its bus fleet, advancing new models for local bus and paratransit service and customer-facing communication technology and service. DART is also a recognized leader in the global advancement of the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) movement with its use of targeted demand-response transit service matched with new customer tools for fare payment and trip planning.

Thomas administers the goals and policies of the DART Board of Directors and directs the agency's top managers and approximately 3,700 employees, emphasizing a strong customer focus. He works closely with service area city governments and the public in developing short- and long-term transportation and mobility goals.

Thomas joined DART in November 1998. He was a consulting engineer for 19 years prior to that. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University.

He serves on the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and the Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review for the TRB. He is a past chair of the American Public Transportation Association, RailVolution and the South West Transit Association.

President/Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit: 2001-present
Senior Vice President, Project Management, Dallas Area Rapid Transit: 1998-2001
Program Manager, DART General Engineering Consultants, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam: 1997-98
Engineering Manager, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, 1988-97
Project Manager, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, 1983-88
Project Engineer, Black & Veatch, 1980-83

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
Registered Professional Engineer, Texas No. 57249

Texas Tech University Whitacre College of Engineering Distinguished Engineer Award

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Architecture, Texas Tech University

Boards and Civic Memberships
South West Transit Association, Past Chair
Transportation Research Board, Executive Committee
Transit Cooperative Research Program, TCRP Oversight and Project Selection Committee
American Public Transportation Association, Past Chair
RailVolution, Past Chair
Texas Transportation Association
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority
North Texas Commission
Dallas Assembly
Dallas Friday Group
Regional Rail Right-of-Way Company
Downtown Dallas Inc., Board of Directors
Metroplex Mayors Association
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Board of Directors

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