Transportation Consultant Taulby Roach Tapped to be Bi-State/Metro’s Next CEO

By on November 30, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Taulby Roach, a longtime transportation consultant for St. Clair County with deep ties to St. Louis city government and politics, appears likely to be the Bi-State Development Agency’s next president and CEO.

Multiple sources say that the Bi-State board voted last week to hire Roach, 51, pending negotiation of an employment contract.

Roach would follow John Nations, the former Chesterfield mayor who announced his resignation as CEO last June but who agreed to stay on until his successor was hired. Bi-State is the parent agency for the Metro transit system.

One of Roach’s key tasks will be to try to reverse a rail and bus ridership decline and to repair the agency’s relationship with its prime funding source, St. Louis County.

Bi-State/Metro and county officials have been at odds over how to improve security on MetroLink amid a series of high-profile crimes on the line in recent years.

Roach is the son of John Roach, a former St. Louis alderman and community development director who was a key player in the region’s pursuit of the first MetroLink line, which opened in 1993.

For years the two worked together in a consulting firm called Development Programming Associates. The elder Roach is retired.

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