Three names in North Texas transportation have switched from BNSF Railway, DART and the North Central Texas Council of Governments and joined Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA). The transit agency serves one of the fastest growing regions in the state.
In a news release, DCTA Chief Executive Officer Raymond Suarez said “building a team of leaders representing a commitment to local communities and transit regionalism is a priority at DCTA."
Paul Cristina, PE. joins DCTA as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer; Brittney Farr as Director of Government Relations and Pamela Burns as Director of Public Involvement and Communications.
"The new leadership team at DCTA serves to guide the Agency into the future as a trusted and valuable transit partner that works with local and regional leaders to help make North Texas more accessible and available to riders,” added Suarez. DCTA runs bus services throughout the county as well as the "A Train" between Denton and Carrollton that connects with DART Light Rail.
Paul Cristina, PE. joins DCTA as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer from BNSF Railway where he led the company’s engagement with public agencies across the railroad’s 23,500-mile rail network, directing new infrastructure project development and agreement execution for BNSF and the public. Cristina brings direct experience working with public and private railroads, regional transit agencies, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and other coalitions across North Texas. Cristina received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University - Panama City.
Brittney M. Farr joins DCTA from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) as the Director of Government Relations, where she leads DCTA’s local, state, and federal legislative strategy and relations with local communities. As the primary liaison between DART and its 13 service area cities, Farr developed a portfolio of regional projects including the creation of the Southern Dallas County Inland Port Transportation Management Association (IPTMA) and management of the Legacy Area Transportation Management Association. Her experience building relationships and delivering projects on a regional level positions DCTA to continue delivering innovative transit solutions that improve the quality of life for all residents. Farr received her Bachelor’s in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School.
Pamela Burns joins DCTA from NCTCOG as the Director of Public Involvement and Communications where she oversees community relations, public involvement, marketing, communications, and public relations. At NCTCOG, Burns managed public involvement and community relations, leading efforts to modernize and expand the department’s public engagement efforts by employing a virtual public engagement platform. She also worked on numerous branding and communication efforts related to air quality and transportation, including Air North Texas and the successful bid for and implementation efforts for Super Bowl XLV in 2011. Burn received her Bachelor’s in both Political Science and French from the University of Houston, and her Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas.