New Bi-State CEO Pledges to Improve Security on Metro

By on December 27, 2018

From St. Louis Public Radio:  Bi-State Development named Taulby Roach as its next president and CEO today. Roach will take office Jan. 1, 2019, replacing John Nations, who is stepping down after eight years to return to private law practice. Roach has worked closely with Bi-State for more than 20 years on a variety of Metro Transit capital projects in St. Clair County.

At a crowded news conference at the Bi-State headquarters in downtown St. Louis, Roach said that he plans to change the organization’s focus.

“Bi-State is more than just Metro, but during my leadership, I hope to pivot and bring a little added attention to Metro right now,” he said.

Roach lives in St. Louis and is a frequent Metro Transit rider. For the past year and a half, he has served as the chief financial officer at St. Clair County Transit District. He also has been involved in the River Bridge District infrastructure project in East St. Louis, among others, as a consultant.

Ridership on MetroBus and MetroLink trains has dropped more than 20 percent over the past five years, according to data provided by Bi-State.

recent report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicated that crime has actually declined on the transit system, but there is a perception among riders that it is not safe.

Roach said his top three priorities when he takes the helm as operator of Metro are: “Security, security, security.”

“We have to restore the confidence of the public,” Roach said.

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