Beverley Swaim-Staley will become the new president of the Union Station Redevelopment Corp. the organization announced Monday, putting her in charge of a long-term effort to expand Union Station.
Swaim-Staley departed as Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s secretary of transportation last month after working at the state for more than 25 years. At the redevelopment corporation, a nonprofit organization created by Congress to oversee the station, she replaces David S. Ball, who announced his resignation from the organization in late July.
Swaim-Staley brings a breadth of experience overseeing major transportation infrastructure. During her stint at the Maryland transportation department, the agency helped develop a public-private partnership to upgrade the Port of Baltimore and opened the Intercounty Connector. She played a role in overseeing operations at BWI Marshall after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has directed the state’s spending priorities for Metro.
She also has strong connections to the federal Transportation Department, the agency that will likely be looked to for a lion’s share of the estimated $7 billion needed to fund an ambitious expansion of Union Station envisioned by Amtrak. John D. Porcari, federal deputy secretary of transportation, served two stints as Maryland transportation secretary until joining the Obama administration in 2009.
The hire was reported earlier Monday by the Washington Business Journal.
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