Patrick Preusser, a native of Chicago, will lead the TriMet division with 1,750 employees that oversees bus, light-rail, commuter rail and LIFT paratransit operations.
TriMet said Wednesday that it has hired Patrick Preusser, the former operations manager for the Saudi Railway Co., as its new executive director of transportation.
Preusser, 39, a native of Chicago, will lead the TriMet division with 1,750 employees that oversees bus, light-rail, commuter rail and LIFT paratransit operations. He brings 19 years of railway experience working in both public and private sector operations, including freight, commuter, passenger and transit operations.
Preusser has a master's degree in intermodal transportation management from University of Denver and is completing a second master's in public administration.
He is married and has three children.
Prior to working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Preusser was executive director of rail operations for Los Angeles Metro transit authority. He also has worked for Amtrak and for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Rail Administration.
"Patrick's extensive experience and knowledge of rail operations will be a tremendous asset to TriMet as we improve the management, training and oversight of the system," said Chief Operating Officer Doug Kelsey. "He will play a critical role in improving safety as we implement our rail safety audit."
"I believe in TriMet's mission, and look forward to working with our employees to build upon current accomplishments, advance safety and grow our service," Preusser said.