Valley Metro boards elect new leaders

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PHOENIX — Phoenix’s rail transit agency has appointed new positions to its board of directors as part of the upcoming fiscal year 2016 to 2017 term. The agency has elected three members to its Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority and two additional members to its Valley Metro Rail board of directors, which manages the agency’s light rail system in Phoenix.

Thelda Williams, a Phoenix council member will serve as the authority’s chairperson, Suzanne Klapp, a Scottsdale council member will serve as vice chairperson, and Lauren Tolmachoff, a Glendale council member will serve as the authority’s treasurer. The authority administers all forms of transit operated by Valley Metro.

The agency has also elected two additional members to serve directly on its Valley Metro Rail board of directors, including chairman Mark Mitchell, mayor of Tempe, Ariz., and vice chairman, Dennis Kavanaugh, vice mayor of Mesa, Ariz. They will work with other directors on the Valley Metro Rail board concerning light rail operations and extensions.

Regional cooperation is critical to continuing our mission of expanding Valley Metro Rail to connect more people with more destinations across the Valley,” says Board Chair-Elect Mark Mitchell. “As Chair, I look forward to furthering the Valley Metro Rail Board’s commitment to transparency in planning, managing and operating our Valley’s rail system, as well as diligent stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”

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