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Winston M. Simmonds is the Rail Operations/Engineering Officer at Port Authority of Allegheny County, where he is responsible for overall management of rail service delivery, facilities maintenance, engineering design and construction. These responsibilities also include construction of a 1.2-mile $538.7 million light rail expansion project, the North Shore Connector.
 
Winston has 20 years of progressive project and operations management experience in the railroad and rail transit business including railroad/rail transit operations, engineering design, construction and maintenance of rolling stock, track, structures, rail systems and facilities.
 
Prior to joining Port Authority, Winston served as the Systems Engineering Manager at Sound Transit in Seattle, where he was responsible for design and construction of the rail systems elements of the 14-mile $2.4 billion light rail startup project.  He has also held positions as Superintendent of Capital Programs and Overhauls at the Toronto Transit Commission and in project engineering and industrial engineering positions at Canadian Pacific Railway. 
 
Winston holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto.
 
He currently serves as Chair of the APTA Light Rail Technical Forum and serves on Boards for the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania.
 
“What I most enjoy about my work is the variety of opportunities and challenges I encounter on a daily basis,” Winston says.  “It is very rewarding to play a part in delivering safe, reliable and economical transit service to Port Authority’s riders.”
 
Winston’s goals for 2010 are to continue improvement of Port Authority’s transit service, advance construction of the North Shore Connector and advance Port Authority’s state-of-good repair capital program to improve the condition of its aging system.  
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