The appointment, which went into effect July 1, reestablishes the Executive Director position within Metro Transit and better reflects the managerial responsibility that Friem has in running the daily operations of the St. Louis region’s public transit system.
“I am very pleased that Ray continues to serve our company and our customers with great distinction,” Nations said. “His leadership in our transit operations has placed us among the top performers in the country in terms of reliability, while his innovations have increased our efficiencies to save many millions of dollars each year for our region.”
Friem joined Metro in 1995 and most recently held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Transit. Prior to that, he served as Chief Mechanical Officer and as Superintendent of Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance. As Executive Director, Friem will continue to be responsible for managing the capital infrastructure and operations of the entire Metro public transportation system, which includes MetroLink, MetroBus and Metro Call-A-Ride.
“What I’ve enjoyed most over my 20 years at Metro are the people I get to work with every day,” Friem said. “I have the privilege of working alongside the best in the industry, and together, we’ve been able to provide our community with the highest quality transit service achievable.”
Metro transit is a business enterprise of BSDA. The agency also operates the Gateway Arch Riverfront Attractions, which include the Gateway Arch Riverboats, Gateway Arch Revenue Center and the Gateway Arch tram system. BSDA owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport, which is the third busiest airport in Illinois and the second busiest airport in the St. Louis region. BSDA has established two newer business enterprises: the Bi-State Development Research Institute, which assists organizations and businesses as they look to advance development in the region; and the new Regional Freight District, which will be responsible for coordinating the bi-state area’s freight needs and capabilities.