Allen Named Interim CEO of Cap Met

To no one's surprise, VP moves up to top slot

Cap Met's Doug Allen, soon to be interim CEO and president
Cap Met's Doug Allen, soon to be interim CEO and president (by

To no one's surprise, the Capital Metro Board of Directors today appointed Doug Allen to be interim CEO and president of the transit agency. Allen is currently executive vice president and chief development officer, and has been the point man on recent efforts to get MetroRail up and running. Press release from Cap Metro after the jump:

Capital Metro Board Appoints Doug Allen Interim President/Chief Executive Officer

October 12, 2009

Austin, Texas – Today the Capital Metro Board of Directors named Doug Allen Interim President/CEO. This appointment takes effect upon the retirement of current President/CEO Fred Gilliam at the end of this week. Allen currently serves as Executive Vice President/Chief Development Officer for Capital Metro.

“Doug Allen has a wealth of leadership experience in the industry and has demonstrated his commitment to Capital Metro and central Texas transportation since joining the Authority more than a year ago,” said Capital Metro Board Chair and Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gomez. “During this transition, it is critical that we remain focused on the core mission and goals of this agency.”

With new Board appointments expected by the end of the year, today the Board recommended waiting until January to begin a national search for a new President/CEO.

Allen joined Capital Metro in March 2008, bringing 30 years of transportation planning and development experience. As Executive Vice President/Chief Development Officer, he currently oversees all strategic planning, communications, marketing, community development, transit oriented development, engineering and construction functions.

Allen spent the majority of his career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area beginning at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) in 1978. In 1984, he joined Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and was instrumental in developing plans for the DART light rail system and high occupancy vehicle network.

Allen is a member of several professional organizations including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) where he serves as vice chairman of the Policy and Planning Committee.

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