TriMet welcomes new Executive Director of Maintenance Operations

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Key position to lead efforts to increase system reliability

TriMet is pleased to announce that Sam Marra will join the agency as the Executive Director of Maintenance Operations, beginning July 8. In this role, Marra will oversee and provide leadership for TriMet’s bus and rail fleet maintenance, rail maintenance of way operations, and the agency’s facilities management.

Marra will serve as a member of TriMet’s executive team and will be responsible for directing the maintenance of our multi-modal fleet, including buses and MAX light rail.

“TriMet has worked to augment our overall maintenance efforts to increase the reliability of the service we provide to thousands of riders each day,” said TriMet’s Interim Deputy General Manager Bob Nelson. “Sam brings extensive knowledge and years of practical experience to lead our efforts in maintaining and making additional investments to our aging system.”

As the Executive Director of Maintenance Operations, Marra will help lead the agency in its ongoing investments in MAX maintenance and infrastructure to improve safety, reliability and on-time performance. Marra will step in to oversee upcoming State of Good Repair and agency improvements, including more than $15 million in rail maintenance improvement projects in Fiscal Year 2015.

Marra joins TriMet with more than 30 years of expertise in transit maintenance and operations. His career has encompassed working with various bus builders and with federal, state and local jurisdictions on the operational development of alternative fuel vehicles including Compress Natural Gas (CNG), Biodiesel, hybrids and electric powertrain technologies.

Prior to coming to TriMet, Marra was a project manager and fleet maintenance consultant for Jacobs Engineering. There, he worked on a wide variety of transit fleet maintenance projects that range from development of technical specifications for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) style buses to conducting Federal Transit Administration (FTA) required audits.

During his time at AC Transit in Oakland, CA, Marra managed their fleet of roughly 800 buses and support vehicles as well as multiple repair and operational facilities. Additionally, he served as director of maintenance at Veolia Transportation in Las Vegas, NV and Phoenix, AZ; and for Lane Transit in Eugene, OR.