CEO Corner

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As Chief Executive Officer of Sound Transit, Peter Rogoff brings an impressive career of transportation leadership to forward the mission of expanding the regional mass transit system for central Puget Sound. Rogoff was unanimously selected after a nationwide search and came to Sound Transit in January 2016.

Prior to that, he had served since July 2014 as Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy in the U.S. Department of Transportation, the department’s third highest-ranking official. In that role he led the development of policies for the department, generating proposals and guidance regarding legislative, regulatory and safety initiatives. His work spanned all transportation modes, including aviation, highway, rail, transit and maritime transportation.

Starting in May 2009, Rogoff served for five years as President Obama’s Federal Transit Administrator. As the nation’s chief public transit official, Rogoff led the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through a period of historic change. His administration made record-setting accomplishments and agency-wide process improvements that responded to America’s fast-growing need for expanded public transportation. He negotiated and signed a record number of full funding grant agreements with transit agencies across the nation to expand rail and bus rapid transit infrastructure.  

Prior to his FTA appointment, Rogoff served for 22 years on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including 14 years as the Democratic Staff Director of the Transportation Subcommittee, led by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

In 2010 Rogoff was the first recipient of the Transportation Equity Network’s Rosa Parks Award. He also was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award; the Lester P. Lamm Memorial Award for outstanding leadership and dedication to U.S. highway transportation programs; the Dr. and Mrs. William and Budd Bell Award for “tireless advocacy for seniors and people with disabilities;” and the National Chair’s Award from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.

Rogoff earned his Master of Business Administration degree with honors from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies at Amherst College. He is married and the father of two teenage children.

Sound Transit is opening Link light rail service north to the University of Washington and Capitol Hill on March 19 and to Angle Lake Station south of Sea-Tac Airport later in 2016. In 2015, Link provided about 11.7 million rides, a 7 percent increase over 2014. Ridership numbers are expected to increase dramatically in 2016 with the new Link extensions.

Sound Transit also operates ST Express regional bus service and Sounder commuter trains. Overall system ridership in 2015 was 34.9 million boardings, 6 percent more than the previous year.

The agency is currently shaping a Sound Transit 3 (ST3) ballot measure for voter consideration in November. A draft plan will likely be introduced in late March for public review and comment in April. Public input will help the Sound Transit Board shape the November ballot measure. Visit to review proposed project details, provide your comments and get the latest information.