Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said Requa will receive a salary of $202,976.
Requa, Wiedefeld said, “has the background and experience to help me better understand the organizational history, and the rationale for changes that have been implemented over the past year.”
In October, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx designated the FTA as responsible for safety oversight of Metro’s rail operations.
Prior to his 10-month stint as interim general manager, Requa served as Metro’s assistant general manager of bus services. Bob Potts, who served as acting assistant general manager of bus services in Requa’s absence, was officially named to that post Monday. Stessel said it remains to be decided whether Potts’ $176,894 salary will be adjusted.
Wiedefeld also announced the appointment of Eric Christensen as special adviser to the general manager and CEO. Christensen, who will receive a $150,000 salary, previously served as special assistant to the CEO for the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Wiedefeld headed the airport before being replaced by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in July.
Christensen served as special projects assistant for the airport under Wiedefeld.
Wiedefeld said Christensen brings more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. In addition to his post at BWI, he also previously served as deputy administrator for finance and administration for the Maryland Transit Administration.
“Mr. Christensen’s career includes executive level positions responsible for improving efficiencies, increasing customer amenities and coordinating cost containment and efficiency programs,” Wiedefeld said.