‘Building on the foundation’: DART welcomes Lee as new president and CEO


The Dallas Area Rapid Transit board has named Nadine Lee its next president and CEO, beginning July 12.

Lee, currently finishing her appointment at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, joins DART with 30 years of experience in the transportation industry, an NBCDFW report said. 

“I am honored to be selected for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals,” Lee told Mass Transit Mag. “DART’s employees have always demonstrated a deep commitment and dedication to its customers, mission and each other. I look forward to building on the foundation that has been created here and developing new programs and opportunities for the customers and communities we serve.” 

The DART Board said Lee has the passion and expertise to further help DART grow in its goal of making a lasting impact on the community when it comes to transportation.

“The DART Board is pleased to welcome a leader of Nadine’s caliber and experience to direct the agency during these challenging and exciting times,” Paul Wageman, chairman of the DART Board of Directors, told NBCDFW. “DART is an essential resource for the residents of our region, as well as a growth engine for all of North Texas. Nadine possesses the passion and expertise to grow DART into an even greater, more successful organization, and to create a lasting impact for our customers and local communities.”

DART interim President David Leininger said that Lee will ensure the continued success of the agency in the North Dallas area. 

“Nadine’s deep knowledge and understanding of how growing transportation choices can improve the quality of life for customers aligns perfectly with DART’s longstanding mission,” Leininger said. “I am confident that her distinguished track record of leadership and innovation will ensure the agency’s continued success in serving the residents of North Texas.” 

Lee joined the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2016, beginning as the deputy chief innovation officer until her promotion to chief of staff in 2018, The Source Metro reports.

At the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Lee was responsible for coordinating programs and services throughout the agency while also leading an effort to office a more equitable, dependable bus service, the Mass Transit Mag reports. Most recently, Lee oversaw the five-year, $2.1 billion Better Bus Initiative plan to create more racial equality and quicker trips, according to The Source Metro. 

Lee’s last day at the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be May 28. 

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