Karen Rae Resigns
From a news release: Virginia Rail and Public Transportation Agency Director Karen J. Rae today announced that she will resign effective Feb. 22. She has served as the Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation since August 2002.
Ms. Rae will join the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Secretariat of Transportation as a Deputy Secretary of Transportation, responsible for public transportation and passenger rail.
"Karen Rae has dramatically raised the profile of rail and public transportation in Virginia," said Governor Timothy Kaine. "She has helped lead our efforts to expand and improve transportation choices in Virginia. The strategic approach that she has set forth should serve a new director well, and I wish her every success in her new role with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."
"Under Karen's leadership, DRPT has advanced with the first-ever six year program for public transportation and the first dedicated source of funding for rail in Virginia history. The Dulles Corridor Metrorail project is now in preliminary engineering after forty years of planning," said Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer.
"I am deeply honored to have worked with Governor Warner, Secretary Clement, and now Governor Kaine and Secretary Homer. Together as a team, we have successfully advanced an aggressive approach to enhance rail and public transportation as more integral components of our transportation system," said Director Rae. "The accomplishments that DRPT and its customers have achieved wouldn't have been possible without our customers, partners and advocates. I am certain that Governor Kaine and his team will lead Virginia even further with his vision for the future of transportation. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth."