Gonot set to return to Santa Clara VTA as general manager

Carolyn Gonot is expected to be named the new CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority following a special administration board meeting on May 21, where her employment contract will be reviewed. If the deal is approved, Gonot’s five-year contract would begin on July 12.

Gonot spent 23 years of his transit career with Santa Clara VTA before becoming the first female CEO of the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) in August 2019.

“I am delighted with this result after a thorough and thoughtful process to find the next and best leader for the VTA organization,” said Santa Clara VTA Board Chairman Glenn Hendricks. “Carolyn has a proven track record of delivering large capital projects and programs and establishing critical funding mechanisms to build and sustain them. His leadership will be essential to improving the overall public transit experience for current and future users as public transit recovers from unprecedented challenges.

UTA’s 2,500 staff operates services in a 1,400 square mile region that spans six counties. Gonot oversees an operating budget of $ 336 million and a capital budget of $ 225 million covering many modes, including three streetcar lines, a Frontrunner commuter train, a streetcar line, more than 120 bus lines. , two rapid transport lines by bus, ski buses, adapted transport. , Flex Service and Vans.

At the time of her appointment as CEO of UTA, Gonot noted that many lessons learned from transit in Silicon Valley could be applied to the Wasatch front, where significant population growth, rapid economic development and a diverse demographics are expected to influence transit decisions.

During his time with Santa Clara VTA, Gonot’s job titles included Chief of Engineering and Program Execution, BART Program Director, Director of Development, and Deputy Director of Congestion Management Program. .

Gonot was credited with managing a series of streetcar and systems engineering projects, implementing a series of condition assessments. She was a key figure in the 10-mile BART Silicon Valley Berryessa expansion, which was handed over to BART before Gonot left Santa Clara VTA and opened in the summer after joining UTA.

If his employee deal is approved, Gonot would succeed Acting Managing Director / CEO Evelynn Tran, who was appointed to the post in January after Nuria Fernandez stepped down to take on the post of Deputy Secretary of the Federal Transit Administration ( FTA) in the Biden-Harris administration. Deputy Secretary Fernandez has since been appointed administrator of the FTA. Krauthamer & Associates, Inc., conducted nationwide research in tandem with the Santa Clara Board of Directors Research Committee.

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