Donald Filippi has joined the North County Transit District as chief of safety.
Filippi who began his tenure at the agency April 21 brings to the agency a distinguished career in transit operations and safety. He served for five years as superintendent, transit operations and safety section at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). He also worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 14 years rising to the position of manager of operating practices. Earlier in his career he was a locomotive engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad.
In his new role at NCTD, Filippi will oversee a staff of three, and work in concert with transit enforcement, and the agency’s contractors to ensure that every passenger is afforded a safe, secure, and comfortable transit experience. The safety division is responsible for accident prevention and investigations, developing and maintaining system safety program plans, providing safety reviews of operating and construction plans, and working with public safety agencies on emergency response drills.