October 30, 2017 - TRA Newswire -

Bonnie Murphy, President of Operation Lifesaver, Inc (OLI) will step down this week to join Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) as Vice President Commuter Rail and Railroad Management. She held the top post at OLI for the past two years.

Murphy has over 30 years of rail industry experience that includes serving as the Regional Administrator of the Southwest for the Federal Railroad Administration in Fort Worth from 2003-2013.

Vice President Wende Corcoran will step in to serve as OLI Interim President as the Operation Lifesaver board conducts a search for Murphy's replacement.

OLI Board Chairman Bob VanderClute said "the Operation Lifesaver board is grateful to Bonnie for her leadership of the organization. Under her guidance, OLI further stabilized its funding sources, strengthened safety partnerships and raised its prominence as a leading rail safety education nonprofit by spearheading the first U.S. Rail Safety Week, held last month," .

On her return to Texas, Murphy said  "I am thrilled by the success of the first U.S. Rail Safety Week, and grateful to Operation Lifesaver's board, state program directors, federal safety partners, freight, passenger, transit and commuter rail companies, law enforcement agencies and others who worked so hard to spread the rail safety message across the nation. I am extremely proud of the important work we've done together and I look forward to continuing to support Operation Lifesaver's mission of reducing incidents, deaths and injuries near tracks and trains in my new position."

Ms. Murphy served as a consultant of engineering and technology services for  CDI Corporation. She also served as general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR), the nation’s fifth-largest commuter rail system.