James. D. Pachan, a former transit manager in Los Angeles, has been named Chief Operating Officer of AC Transit.
Pachan has 30 years of transit management experience, primarily at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), the fourth largest transit agency in the nation.
In the Los Angeles position, he led several major projects including conversion of fare payments to smart card technology, administered capital and operating budgets and the maintenance of the agency’s fleet of more than 2500 trains, buses and vans.
“We needed someone who had proven experience with all aspects of transit operations, and James has a remarkable record of success in transportation and maintenance, ” said AC Transit General Manager David Armijo.
Pachan said he looks forward to his new assignment, “There is no greater privilege for me than to be asked to lead the 1,500 professionals who work together to deliver quality transit service to the East Bay,” he said.
Pachan will be responsible for all of the agency’s bus and paratransit services, including vehicle and facility maintenance.