DART hires Nadine Lee as new president and chief executive officer

DART selects L.A. Metro executive Nadine Lee as its new president and chief executive officer

With nearly 30 years of experience in the transportation industry, Lee served as chief of staff at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and previously worked at Denver RTD as a project manager.
April 27, 2021
Nadine Lee

Dallas Area Rapid Transit has announced the appointment of Nadine Lee as its new president and chief executive officer. Lee, an experienced transit industry leader and engineer who has worked in the transportation industry for nearly 30 years, will assume her new position on July 12.

Before joining DART, Lee served as the chief of staff of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). In this role, Lee coordinated programs and services across the nation's third busiest transit agency and led an effort to make bus service more equitable and dependable for residents. Previously, she was the deputy chief innovation officer in Metro's Office of Extraordinary Innovation where she led the development of Vision 2028, Metro's 10-year strategic plan to improve mobility and quality-of-life for Los Angeles County residents.

"I am honored to be selected for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals," Lee said. "DART's employees have always demonstrated a deep commitment and dedication to its customers, mission, and each other. I look forward to building on the foundation that has been created here and developing new programs and opportunities for the customers and communities we serve."

Prior to her tenure at Metro, she led the development and implementation of the Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit for Denver RTD, a project that produced a 40% increase in corridor ridership in its first few months of service. Lee also led RTD's Northwest Rail and Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility projects in the FasTracks Program.

"Nadine's deep knowledge and understanding of how growing transportation choices can improve the quality of life for customers aligns perfectly with DART's longstanding mission," said David Leininger, DART's interim president & chief executive officer. "I am confident that her distinguished track record of leadership and innovation will ensure the agency's continued success in serving the residents of North Texas."

Lee replaces Gary Thomas, who announced his retirement in November after nearly 20 years in the top position at DART.

Lee was appointed to the Leadership APTA Committee in 2019 and is a past director of the WTS International board. She was also honored as the WTS International Woman of the Year in 2019. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Kansas, Lee received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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