Our Mission

The mission of Trinity Metro is to provide safe, reliable, customer focused, and fiscally responsible public transportation services to the citizens of Tarrant County. We strive to improve quality of life for our residents and drive economic development in our region.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide transit services that make Tarrant County more livable and support continued economic growth.

About Trinity Metro

Trinity Metro was created in 1983 as a regional transportation authority of the State of Texas and is not an agency or department of any of its member cities.

The agency annually provides nearly 10 million passenger trips on buses, vanpools and the Trinity Railway Express, which it jointly owns and operates with Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Trinity Metro is developing TEXRail, a commuter rail from Fort Worth to DFW Airport’s Terminal B.

The governing body is an eleven-member board of directors with eight appointed by the Fort Worth City Council and three by Tarrant County Commissioners Court.

Board of Directors
Scott Mahaffey

Scott Mahaffey

Chairman

Jon Franks

Jon Michael Franks

Vice Chair

Dennis Dunkins

Dennis Dunkins

Secretary

Teresa Ayala

Teresa Ayala

Member

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis

Member

Charles Edmonds

Member

Nicolo Genua

Nicolo Genua

Member

Alan Hooks

Member

Jeff King

Jeff King

Member

Tito Rodriguez

Tito Rodriguez

Member

Ray Taylor

Member

Senior Administrative Staff
Paul Ballard

Paul Ballard

Paul.Ballard@ridetm.org

 

President

& Chief Executive Officer

Paul Ballard has been President and CEO of Trinity Metro since 2014. He came to Trinity Metro after serving 12 years as CEO of Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority in Middle Tennessee. He holds a B.S. Degree in Business, Transportation and Public Utilities Management from the Indiana University School of Business and an MPA Degree from Webster University in St. Louis.

Bob Baulsir

Bob.Baulsir@ridetm.org

 

Senior Vice President

Bob Baulsir joined Trinity Metro in 2014 as TEXRail Project Manager with more than 30 years of experience overseeing large transit projects, including rail development, construction, rail facilities and Bus Rapid Transit. He also has managed transit system procurement, operations and maintenance facilities, safety and security. Bob served as General Manager of Administration for the Nashville MTA and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Phoenix with coursework at the State University of New York. He has training in transit related areas including safety and security. Bob has worked in public agencies in New York and Ohio, including the Metro Regional Transit Authority in Akron.

Wayne Gensler

Wayne.Gensler@ridetm.org

 

Vice President

& Chief Operating Officer for Bus & Paratransit

Wayne Gensler, a transportation executive with more than 25 years of experience, has joined Trinity Metro as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Bus and Paratransit. In this role, he oversees the agency’s operations, maintenance, service planning and safety.

Gensler came to Fort Worth from Houston, where he served as Director of Contract Operated Services at the Metropolitan Transit Authority. In that capacity, he managed contract compliance and ensured adherence to the agency’s service goals while managing an annual budget of $90 million. He worked to improve the customer experience by using innovative technologies and enhancing first mile/last mile opportunities.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in economics at Northern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis.

Reed Lanham

Reed.Lanham@ridetm.org

 

Vice President

of Strategy and Technology

As Vice President of Strategy and Technology, Reed Lanham has strategic leadership, future initiatives, and relationship management with the Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration and other regional transportation agencies. He provides oversight of Trinity Metro’s Positive Train Control (PTC) efforts as well as developing new strategies utilizing evolving technologies. Reed joined Trinity Metro in 2015 as Director of Rail Safety and Regulatory Compliance for the North Texas Region and later as Manager of Rail Operations. His previous experience includes working as the Manager of Safety and Compliance for Herzog Technologies, Inc., and with Herzog Contracting Corp. working as a Quality Control Inspector/Field Engineer and a Signalman. Through these experiences Reed has gained extensive knowledge of commuter rail systems and transportation agencies across the nation and holds several certifications related to rail operations.

Linda Thornton

Linda.Thornton@ridetm.org

 

Vice President

of Marketing & Communications

Linda Thornton brings extensive communications and transportation experience to her role as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Trinity Metro. Her career highlights include corporate communications at Boeing, communications manager for the State of Texas at GE Transportation, communications and Positive Train Control (PTC) program communications manager at BNSF Railway, and chief marketing officer at CTC, Inc. One of her highest profile assignments was handling communications and media relations for delegate and media transportation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Earlier in her career, she was the principal at Que Public Relations, a boutique agency. Linda earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas and is Accredited in Public Relations.

Detra Whitmore

Detra.Whitmore@ridetm.org

 

Vice President

of Administration

Detra Whitmore was named Vice President of Trinity Metro in August 2016. Detra joined the transportation industry with Trinity Metro in 2005, starting as an administrative assistant and literally working her way up through the ranks. As VP of Administration she oversees the Administration, Planning & Development, and Customer Service departments. She oversees all aspects of the internal administration of Trinity Metro. She is the agency’s Freedom of Information and Records Retention Officer. Detra is responsible for directing the short-term and long-term public transit needs for Tarrant County cities. She also directs the planning of new routes, alterations of routes and cost estimating that also includes identifying appropriate sites for new facilities and improving existing facilities. She is a certified Project Manager Professional.