Gary Thomas, former Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) President/Executive Director, is taking on a new role: U.S. Transit Market Leader at Jacobs, a professional services firm.
Thomas retired from DART last fall, after leading the transit agency for nearly 20 years. Under his direction, DART doubled its light rail system twice to become the nation’s longest at more than 93 miles. The agency was also recognized for innovation in developing a progressive clean fuels program for its bus fleet and in advancing new models for local bus and paratransit service and customer facing communication technology and service. In addition, DART is a leader in Mobility as a Service (MaaS) with the use of targeted demand-response transit service matched with new customer tools for fare payment and trip planning.
Thomas joined DART in 1998 as Senior Vice President of Project Management. He served previously as an engineer and architect for 19 years, consulting for national and international projects, including those at DART, dating back to 1986.
At Jacobs, Thomas will be responsible for assisting clients in developing and advancing transit programs, as well as identifying and attracting talent.
“Gary is a long-time driver of new technologies,” said Ken Gilmartin, Executive Vice President, People & Places Solutions, for Jacobs. “His experience will help Jacobs continue providing leading-edge solutions in the U.S. transit landscape, especially as our clients strive to roll out green transit programs and meet ambitious carbon targets.”