Charles Stewart has been named by Bi-State Development (BSD) to the position of executive director of St. Louis Metro Transit, effective April 26.
Steward has served as interim executive director of St. Louis Metro since January 26, 2022. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day transit operations of the 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; a 400-vehicle MetroBus fleet including battery-electric and low-emission diesel buses; and the Metro Call-A-Ride paratransit system.
“Since accepting this critical role, Charles has enthusiastically taken on the leadership of Metro Transit, bringing forward-looking momentum to our transit system,” said BSD President and CEO. , Taulby Roach. “He is the steadfast leader we need to guide Metro Transit as we weather the pandemic to improve our operations, increase our ridership and provide world-class service to our communities.
Stewart added, “It’s an honor to be able to lead this incredible team of professionals we have at Metro Transit. Every day, they serve our region with tireless dedication as we continue to focus on our top priority: providing safe, reliable and convenient public transit services to everyone in the bi-state region.
Stewart also retains his role as BSD’s Executive Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness, a position he held when he was named interim Executive Director. In this role, he is responsible for recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a diverse workforce of over 2,000 team members. During his 10 years at Bi-State Development, Stewart also served as Vice President of Pensions and Insurance, where he led the restructuring of the organization’s pension and benefit systems, evolving pension plans to 100% fully funded status and creating a strong system. for budget reporting and monitoring.
Prior to joining Bi-State Development, Stewart held various positions with the City of St. Louis, including Director of Internal Audit and Chief of Staff for Licensing Collector, as well as audit positions at General Dynamics Corporation and Arthur Young & Company.
Stewart is a member of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and a board member of United Way of Greater St. Louis and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. He holds a Certificate in Professional Accounting from Northwestern University, an MBA from the Amos Tuck School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College.