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Metro names interim boss

| Sarles's full resume |

1:30 p.m. Update:

Work experience of Richard R. Sarles

NJ Transit
2007 to 2010: Executive director
2002 to 2007: Assistant executive director for capital programs and planning

Amtrak
2001 to 2002: Corporate vice president infrastructure & equipment acquisition
1996 to 2001: Vice president and assistant vice president of $2.6 billion Northeast corridor high-speed rail project

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
1988 to 1996: Assistant director for Capital Programs, Interstate Transportation Department
1980 to 1987: Led planning for Trans Hudson Crossings and Staten Island Crossings. Led planning and implementation of rail capital programs, including the construction of a car maintenance facility, a tunnel fire and life safety ventilation system, rail station improvements, purchase of new rail cars and overhaul of the remaining PATH fleet.

New Jersey Department of Transportation - Mobility Project
1978 to 1980: Responsible for development of a $600 million statewide public transportation improvement program.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
1968 to 1978: Project Engineer for Construction, Rail Transportation Department
Construction Engineer, Aviation Department

Education
Rutgers University, master of business administration
Purdue University, graduate work in transportation engineering
The Cooper Union, bachelor of engineering

Military
U.S. Air Force - honorable discharge

1:23 p.m.: More from Benjamin -- "Richard Sarles has a passion for transportation and the ability and know-how to help Metro regain the public trust and confidence in the system that serves the nation's capital and passengers from across the region and around the world."

1:15 p.m. Update: According to Metro, Sarles, 65, will begin his duties on March 29. Catoe is scheduled to depart April 2.

"The selection of Mr. Sarles is an important step in the Board's efforts to address safety and other important Metro issues. We have searched for and found an experienced transit professional who will hit the ground running while we continue looking for the best permanent General Manager," said Peter Benjamin, chairman of the Metro board of directors.

1:10 p.m. Update: Metro board chair Peter Benjamin told The Post's Ann Scott Tyson that there is no defined cost for the apartment, but it will be "modest." The compensation package is actually less than Metro pays Catoe.

The Post has reported that Catoe earns $315,000 a year ($26,250 per month) and a $60,000-a-year housing allowance.

12:55 p.m. Update: The Post's Ann Scott Tyson reports that Metro will pay Sarles $25,000 a month for his time in Washington. The agency also will pay for the rental on a one-bedroom apartment. No word yet on what that will cost. The package is comparable to what departing General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. earns.

Original post: The Metro board this afternoon appointed former New Jersey Transit chief Richard Sarles as interim general manager. Considering his immediate challenges, he must act as though there were nothing "interim" about it.

Sarles headed New Jersey Transit from 2007 until January, when he retired from the post. New Jersey Transit has 11,000 employees and an annual capital and operating budget of nearly $3 billion. Previously, Sarles had directed the agency's capital program for five years, and he had spent 20 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

That's good background for heading a 10,000-employee agency with the nation's second-busiest subway system and sixth-largest bus network. But there's probably not been a time when a brand-new chief at Metro has faced such troubles.

Board member Elizabeth Hewlett thanked Sarles for his courage in taking the job.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 4, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
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Comments

Typical Metro response: do it half-way.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 4, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

John Catoe was/is making $26,000 a month but STILL needed a $60,000 a year housing allowance? Sarles is gonna make about that much & get the rent for his 1-bedroom apt paid by Metro.

I know this area is an expensive place to live in but come on now. Why do these guys need a housing allowance??

Must be nice to be a top exec/manager.

Posted by: uncivil | March 4, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

How many improvements to Metro service/safety can you make if you don't have enough money/funding to implement them?

Posted by: uncivil | March 4, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

How do you give someone who is making $300K a year a $60K a year housing allowance? Where is the manager expected to live? In a mansion?

Eight years at NJT and he retired? Talk about a golden parachute!

Posted by: Jimof1913 | March 4, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Like anything will change for the better in a major way...who are you kidding.

"Board member Elizabeth Hewlett thanked Sarles for his courage in taking the job."

Oh please. Save it. I'm gonna barf. You make it sound like he's going over the top to singlehandedly fight the Japs at Iwo Jima.

Posted by: uncivil | March 4, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me that the apartment cost is the least of the issues involved in this hire.

Good luck, Mr. Sarles. You're going to need it.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | March 4, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

To "Uncivil" - You need to cool it with the use of inappropriate racist terms like "Jap". There's no room for it here.

Posted by: Transpoguy | March 4, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Japs isn't even the right term, to reflect their own language it should be Nips.

Posted by: member5 | March 5, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

$360,000/yr for an extremely experienced engineer to head the second-busiest U.S. transit system, with decrepit infrastructure, a slew of recent fatal accidents, and severe budget problems aggravated by tri-state bickering? Someone who will be expected to fix serious problems while having the undermined authority of an interim boss? I think we're getting a bargain.

LA's Arthur T. Leahy gets about $340K/yr total compensation, and NY's gets $325K/yr plus expenses, so it's quite comparable to other major systems. And it's a heck of a lot more reasonable than the tens of millions that banking and investment execs get for gambling our economy away.

Posted by: jeffq | March 5, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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