Dick Ruddell, president and executive director of The T (the Fort Worth Transportation Authority), was elected president of the South West Transit Association (SWTA) during its annual meeting in Denver in February.
SWTA is the largest regional transit association in America, representing transit agencies, state transit associations, and transit businesses in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. SWTA influences national legislation to better improve transportation services in the eight states of the fastest growing region of the United States. Its mission is to provide education, communication and advocacy to help strengthen their ability to provide public transportation services and products.
Ruddell is also on the board of the American Public Transportation Association and serves as vice president for Metro agencies on the Texas Transit Association board.
"With continued population growth and economic development in the Southwestern United States, it is essential to expand this region's public transportation options, and I am privileged to lead SWTA at this pivotal time," Ruddell said.