(RALEIGH) -The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has appointed Anthony Fuller as the new director of the Rail Division. Fuller begins his duties on June 25 and will supervise the day-to-day operations for the division, which oversees more than 3,300 miles of railroad tracks throughout the state used by freight and passenger trains.
"Anthony brings visionary leadership and broad-based management skills that will strengthen North Carolina's leadership position in multi-modal transportation," said Paul Morris, NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Transit. "His wealth of experience and knowledge obtained while working for over 22 years across the rail industry, combined with a dedicated and qualified staff in the rail division, will provide us with the ability to meet the challenges of creating a rail system for the 21st century."
Fuller comes to NCDOT from Amtrak in Los Angeles, Calif. where he most recently oversaw rail operations in the transportation department. His career has spanned both public and private rail sectors across the country. Fuller has worked on strategic projects, that included integrating freight and passenger movement, and testing new and high speed rail equipment for revenue. He also is certified in Locomotive Engineer management, which enables him to operate trains and locomotives, as well as complete evaluations on engineers while they operate trains.
The Rail Division is in the process of investing more than a half billion dollars in federal funds to improve and modernize North Carolina's rail system. The division works with communities throughout the state to make rail-highway crossings safer and more efficient by installing traffic-control equipment, and closing and consolidating high-accident crossings on highways, streets and bridges. It also operates two state-supported trains,providing passenger travel options as well as efficient and environmentally friendly transportation.
Fuller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Management from the University of LaVerne. His salary will be $97,000 per year.