Following the resignation of Lisa Dickerson, Acting Transportation Secretary John Porcari has named Paul J. Wiedefeld as MTA Administrator.
Wiedefeld is “the ideal professional to put MTA back on the path to success,” said GBC president and CEO Don Fry, speaking on behalf of the Baltimore Transit Alliance, an initiative of the Greater Baltimore Committee. As one of five administrators reporting directly to Porcari, Wiedefeld will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Department of Transportation’s second largest operating unit and the 10th largest transit agency in the country, when measured by passenger trips.
Wiedefeld is currently employed by the transportation consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff as a vice president. Immediately prior to that he headed the Maryland Aviation Administration, a position to which he was also appointed by Porcari during the Glendening administration.
As a consultant Wiedefeld has been involved in many of MTA’s signature initiatives, including the 1999 Transit Advisory Panel which established a 20-year goal of doubling transit ridership in Maryland; the 2000 Maryland Comprehensive Transit Plan; the 2002 Baltimore Region Rail System Plan; and the on-going Red Line study. He recently provided staff support to the General Assembly’s Transit Funding Steering Committee which issued a report last month.