Man Chosen As Metro CEO Discusses What He Brings To The Job

After serving for the past year in an interim position, a longtime transit official has been tapped as Metro's new CEO. From the KUHF Transportation Desk, Gail Delaughter spoke with Tom Lambert about running one of the country's biggest transit agencies.

Lambert is currently in his 35th year with Metro. He became interim CEO after the departure of George Greanias in late 2012. Before that, he was an executive vice-president, and he also spent 29 years as Metro’s police chief. So how does a law enforcement background help in running a transit agency?

“When you’re the transit police chief one of the things you want to make sure you understand is, how you’re supporting the operations you’re there to support. So I’ve often tried to learn as much as I can about how a transit system works. In order to serve that, in order to secure it, you’ve got to understand how that system operates, how the projects are developed.”

And one of Metro’s big projects this year is a “re-imaging” of Houston’s bus system to provide more frequent service.

“What we’re really looking at is, looking at employment changes, looking at demographic changes, looking at how we can put a more high-quality, high-frequent service on the streets.”

Before Lambert officially gets his new title, he and Metro’s board need to hammer out a contract.


Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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