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DART President To Retire

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Courtesy of DART

Dallas Area Rapid Transit President/Executive Director Gary C. Thomas announced his retirement Friday after nearly 20 years leading the organization.

Gary Thomas
DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas

"It has been my privilege and honor to be part of Dallas Area Rapid Transit for this moment in time," Thomas said in a statement. "I have seen many 'firsts' throughout the years and have been able to work with many dedicated board members and team members as DART has evolved into an indispensable resource for our residents throughout North Texas and beyond."

Thomas joined DART in 1998 as the senior vice president of project management after almost 20 years as an engineer and architect. He did consulting for national and international projects, including DART projects going back to 1986. He was appointed as president/executive director in 2001.

Under his leadership, DART's rail system grew from 20 miles to 93 miles — the longest light rail network in the country. DART also transitioned its entire bus fleet to natural gas from diesel fuel.

The DART Board of Directors will now begin a search for a successor.