Dallas Area Rapid Transit named Jesse Oliver as deputy executive director and Carol Wise as executive vice president, chief operating officer. DART Senior Vice Presidents David Leininger and Timothy McKay were promoted to executive vice president.
Oliver has a diverse background with experience in labor and employment matters, legislative processes, legal expertise and transit development. A former Texas legislator, Oliver co-sponsored the legislation that created DART. He was later appointed by the city of Dallas to the DART board and served for 10 years as a member and chairman.
Wise, most recently with the New Jersey Transit Authority, has also worked at transit agencies in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Ohio. She has broad transit experience managing bus operations, revenue equipment systems, vehicle maintenance, engineering, security, mobility services and planning. In her new role at DART, Wise will lead bus, light rail, maintenance, mobility management, DART police and materials management.
David Leininger, DART’s chief financial officer, has added responsibility for procurement, information technology, risk management and marketing/communications. Leininger came to DART in 2008. He previously served the city of Irving as chief financial officer and managing director of development services and economic Initiatives.
Timothy McKay, previously senior vice president, rail program development, will assume responsibilities of the executive vice president, growth and regional development and will add service planning, as well as a new unit designed to address innovative services. He worked at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc., before coming to DART in 2001 as assistant vice president, project management.
Tim Newby, previously the agency’s sssistant vice president of bus operations, is now vice president, transportation. He has overall responsibility for DART’s bus and light rail operations. He was chief operations officer and assistant general manager of development at Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin. He joined DART as assistant vice president of service planning and scheduling in 1997 and moved to bus operations in 2006.