Transportation

New Chairman Takes Over At Houston Metro

Mayor Sylvester Turner’s appointees are now in place.

New Metro Chairman Carrin Patman was recently appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner. Also looking on is District C Councilwoman Ellen Cohen.
New Metro Chairman Carrin Patman was recently appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner. Also looking on is District C Councilwoman Ellen Cohen.

“It’s nice to be the first chairwoman of Metro.”

And with those words, Houston attorney Carrin Patman adjourned her first meeting of Metro’s board. Mayor Sylvester Turner chose Patman to take over for Gilbert Garcia, whose term expires this month.

Garcia was appointed by former Mayor Annise Parker six years ago when the agency was embroiled in controversy over document shredding and misuse of public moneyHe went on to preside over the opening of two new light rail lines and a revamp of all of Houston’s bus routes.

Board member Christof Spieler says Garcia was responsible for some big changes in the way Metro operates.

“I remember what this building was like before you came in as chair and I know what it feels like now,’ says Spieler. “ And I think you’ve been a huge part of that, of really changing the culture of this agency.”  

A couple of other new faces have also joined the Metro board. Also appointed were disability advocate Lex Freiden and construction planner Troi Taylor.

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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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