San Diego Association of Governments has promoted Jim Linthicum to the position of director of mobility management and project implementation, a post that oversees the agency’s construction projects, intelligent transportation systems, and transportation demand management team.
“Jim’s vast experience – particularly with project implementation – at Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transit Development Board, and here at SANDAG make him a great fit for this position,” SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos said. “He is very familiar with our current programs and should be able to seamlessly take over the department.”
Linthicum joined SANDAG as the division director of engineering and construction when the agency consolidated with the Metropolitan Transit Development Board in 2003. Linthicum also spent 23 years at Caltrans, the last 11 as the deputy director of construction. He played a key role in many of the region’s significant transportation projects, including the Mission Valley East Trolley extension, numerous highway projects, and the seismic retrofit of the Coronado Bridge.
Linthicum took over as director of mobility and project implementation on April 5, replacing Jack Boda, who is retiring after seven years with SANDAG. Linthicum will oversee 46 full-time staff members responsible for the engineering and construction of transit facilities throughout the region; oversight and delivery of capital highway projects; planning, implementation, and operation of intelligent transportation systems; and transportation demand management programs.
Major projects include the Blue Line Trolley Rehabilitation, Mid-Coast Corridor, I-5, I-805, I-15, SR 76, SR 52, bus rapid transit systems, the Compass Card program, FasTrak on I-15, vanpool/carpool/buspool programs, and the Freeway Service Patrol.
As director of mobility management and project implementation, Linthicum will serve as a member of the SANDAG management team, which consists of the executive director, chief deputy executive director, general counsel, and directors of the other four agency departments (administration, finance, land use and transportation planning, and technical services).