Coree Cuff Lonergan has been named the new general manager and director of transportation for Broward County, which includes flagship services such as Broward County Transit (BCT), paratransit and rail. Lonergan replaces retired director of transportation Chris Walton, who served the community for nearly 22 years.
"Lonergan is a perfect match for the transportation department," said Broward County Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher. "She has the skill, experience and drive to bring our transportation department to new levels of efficiency and service."
Lonergan has more than 25 years of transportation experience leading transportation teams and transit-related initiatives, large scale capital infrastructure planning and development and heavy maintenance and construction projects.
"I am delighted to have found such a talented and experienced professional in the transportation industry," said Broward County Administrator Monica Cepero. "I am confident that Ms. Lonergan will bring BCT to new heights and enhanced levels of service, particularly in light of the transformational transit-related initiatives we have on Broward's horizon."
Lonergan joins the county from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where she served in multiple capacities, most notably as the vice president of project development and implementation planning, and acting executive vice president, Capital Delivery and Rail Operations Control Center. As the acting executive vice president at Capital Delivery, Lonergan led a workforce of 600 and was responsible for managing all rail movement system-wide, constructing and delivering safety-critical infrastructure projects, developing and planning new projects, executing a new system signal renewal program and providing engineering and technical services for the operations and maintenance department.
As the vice president of project development and implementation planning, Lonergan's team provided early project delivery services, including project scope, schedule and budget, contract delivery strategies, long-range track access planning and the management of more than $500 million in technical services contracts. Lonergan has also served as the managing director for the Silver Line Operations and Maintenance Phase 2 procurement effort. This new rail service, which includes 11.5 miles of new track and six new stations, including one at the Dulles International Airport, opened in November 2022.
As part of her extensive career, Lonergan was also responsible for overseeing the technical skills training program for bus mechanics and operators, managing 1,000 buses across roughly 11,500 bus stops. Previously Lonergan served as chief engineer, maintenance of way capital projects for CSX, and as a civil engineer with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
Lonergan is expected to start on Feb. 27, 2023.