Link light rail director submits his resignation
Paul Bay, director of Sound Transit's Link light rail program, today tendered his resignation. Bay will remain in the position for an undetermined period of time to allow for the hiring and smooth transition to his successor. In a letter submitted today to the agency's executive director, Bob White, Bay said, "I believe that fresh project leadership will provide you and the Sound Transit Board with a better chance of regaining the public confidence necessary to move forward" (see full text below).
Bay, 64, was hired to direct the light rail program in early 1997, shortly after the region's voters approved the $3.9 billion Sound Move regional transit proposal of which the light rail program is a major component.
Prior to joining Sound Transit, Bay was project director for final design and civil facilities for Salt Lake City's north-south light rail project which is now in operation. During his career he has worked on transit projects in Portland, New Jersey, Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Houston and San Francisco.
Sound Transit's Link light rail program includes the Central Link line, a 21-mile light rail system between Seattle's University District and the city of SeaTac, home of Sea-Tac International Airport, and the 1.6-mile Tacoma Link line which is scheduled to begin construction soon. The Sound Move plan also includes Sounder commuter rail that began limited service between Tacoma and Seattle in September, and 18 regional ST Express bus routes, 13 of which are already in service.
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