May 10, 2010
The classifieds in this issue include three chief executive officer positions!
TriMet Promotes McFarlane to General Manager Post
The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) in Portland has promoted Neil McFarlane, the agency’s executive director for capital projects since 1998, to be its next general manager. He will succeed Fred Hansen, who has served in the post for more than 11 years and will step down June 30.
TriMet Board President George Passadore said the board selected McFarlane after a national search both inside and outside the transit industry. “Neil knows our region and its leaders extensively, and has a track record for innovation and success,” said Passadore. “Neil’s leadership and connections with transit and the region will help TriMet be successful in expanding transit service to meet the needs of this growing region.”
While in his current position, McFarlane led the development, design, and construction of TriMet’s capital facilities, including the Airport, Interstate, I-205 and Portland Mall MAX light rail extensions. He served as the agency’s project control director for the 18-mile, $963 million Westside light rail project from 1991 to 1998. Before coming to TriMet, McFarlane worked for Metro, the regional metropolitan government for the Portland area, and helped manage construction for the 500,000-square-foot, $90 million Oregon Convention Center.
He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.