The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) welcomed its new Chief Operating Officer Richard Paprcka, on March 4. Paprcka comes to DTC after a long career at NJ Transit, serving most recently as director of maintenance for northern division bus operations.
Paprcka has worked in the transit industry since 1981. He started his career as a mechanic with NJ Transit, and later progressed into the bus engineer group responsible for bus purchases and in-plant inspections. In 1994, following a key role in the system wide fare collection system installation, Paprcka became director of electronic systems support, and from 1996 to 1999, was the director of maintenance for the southern and central divisions of NJ Transit.
In September 1999, he became director of maintenance for the northern division of NJ Transit where he was responsible for the maintenance of six locations, 450 employees, and nearly 1,000 buses.
During his career at NJ Transit, Mr. Paprcka found time to be a member of the National Ski Patrol from 2000 to 2006. He was also a member of the Eastern Bus Maintenance Management Organization.
After a few days of visiting some of DTC’s maintenance facilities throughout the state, Paprcka remarked how dedicated, friendly and happy the DTC employees were.