February 19, 2010
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Geissenheimer Dies; 50-Year Transit Professional
Harold Geissenheimer, 81, a public transportation professional in both the public and private sectors for more than 50 years, died Jan. 7.
A native of New York City, Geissenheimer moved to Pittsburgh in 1950 to work for the Port Authority of Allegheny County and predecessor organizations throughout the region. He joined the Chicago Transit Authority in 1976 as general operations manager, and served the San Francisco Municipal Railway as general manager from 1982 to 1985. His last career position was vice president, transit operations and planning, with LS Transit Systems, now part of SYSTRA, from which he retired in 1996.
“With the passing of Harold Geissenheimer, we see the end of an era,” said APTA President William Millar. “His lifelong love of public transportation—including traveling the entire length of the New York subway system by age 13—led him to spearhead notable advances in transit system development in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and other cities. He was the consummate mentor of many transit workers throughout his career, including me. He will be sorely missed.”