LOS ANGELES – The Southern California Regional Rail Authority Board of Directors, the governing body of Metrolink, unanimously elected Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) representative Andrew Kotyuk as its chair during today’s regular meeting. Kotyuk is a City of San Jacinto council member and former mayor.
Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) representative Brian Humphrey was elected first vice chair, while Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) representative and Glendale City council member Ara Najarian was chosen second vice chair. The officers will serve one-year terms, but may serve a two-year term if re-elected in 2018.
“Metrolink is a vital piece in the continued improvement of southern California transporation. I’ve seen and appreciate the impact of an effective passenger rail option on people’s lives, especially with the removal of cars from our already overly crowded roadways,” Kotyuk said. “We will continue to grow Metrolink’s ridership by improving service and the overall rider experience. I'm excited for the agency's future and how I can help support those efforts and initiatives.”
Kotyuk was first elected to the San Jacinto City Council in 2010, and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He has twice completed one-year terms as the city’s mayor, being elected by his fellow council members. He initially became a member of the Metrolink Board in 2013.
In addition to being an RCTC commissioner, Kotyuk is also a past chair of the Riverside Transit Agency Board of Directors. Kotyuk is the CEO and principal of Alpha Wealth Management LLC and SoCal Propane LLC, with more than 12 years of executive experience, and a U.S. Navy veteran.
Kotyuk replaces Orange County Board Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who served as the Metrolink Board chair since January 2015. Nelson is a representative of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).
Humphrey is a citizen representative of VCTC. As a resident of Ventura County, he is a 31-year member of the City of Los Angeles Fire Department. In addition to being a firefighter/paramedic, Humphrey currently serves as a LAFD public information officer as a trusted department spokesperson and first became a member of the Metrolink Board of Directors in 1997. He is the longest-serving current Metrolink Board member.
As a City of Glendale council member, Najarian also serves on the Metro Board of Directors. First elected to the Glendale City Council in 2005, Najarian has served as the city's mayor on three occasions, most recently from 2015 through 2016. Najarian is the past chair of the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments and first became a member of the Metrolink Board of Directors in 2006.
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Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 24th year of operation. Metrolink is governed by The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Metrolink operates seven routes through a six-county, 536 route-mile network. Metrolink’s passengers travel approximately 441 million miles each year, making Metrolink the second busiest public transportation provider in Southern California. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.