TxDOT Rail Division Director Bill Glavin to step down

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April 17, 2013 (Austin) - The Director of the Rail Division at the Texas Department of Transportation, William "Bill" Glavin, has announced he will be stepping down from that post at the end of June.

Glavin was the first ever appointed director to the fledgling rail division back in November 2009.

"Since his appointment, the Rail Division has moved at lightning speed with plans and projects for both freight and passenger rail, compared to the last several decades", according to Texas Rail Advocates President Peter LeCody.  Mr. Glavin has brought a new level of awareness to both our elected officials and the public for the need for improving our rail system in Texas."

During Mr. Glavin's time at the helm of the Rail Division, major strides were made in securing federal funding and advancing plans for a high speed rail project from Houston to Dallas, the Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study (TOPRS) which is now in progress, moving the Dallas-Fort Worth to Shreveport passenger rail study forward, working on an initiative to untangle freight rail traffic at the notorious Tower 55 in Fort Worth, securing funding to upgrade the Heartland Flyer's travel time between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City and other projects.

In addition, state funding was secured to upgrade the Texas-owned South Orient Railroad between Brownwood and San Angelo, which has resulted in a economic boom to that region that can now ship commodities more effectively by rail.

TxDOT has posted a Careers Job Opening listing for the Rail Director position at this link: http://dot.state.tx.us/careers/job_search/openings.htm?type=class&class=All. Scroll down to
Requisition #: 019846
Title: N575 / Director, Rail Division
Occupation: Plan/Avn/Pub Trans/Legis

Applications for the position will be accepted by TxDOT until April 30, 2013.

Glavin joined the department with more than 30 years experience in the rail industry, including stints with Burlington Northern Railroad, North American RailNet and, most recently, as a consultant with RVBA and Associates.

Glavin earned his bachelors degree in biology in 1975 from Johns Hopkins University and his bachelors in civil engineering from Michigan State University in 1977. After graduation from MSU, he went to work for Burlington Northern as a corporate management trainee. He rose through the ranks to eventually become system chief engineer and general manager of strategic network design, which was responsible for short- and long-term planning and budgets.

His future plans were not yet announced.

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