New CEO of Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Announced

On February 18, 2015, Joe Reardon was selected to be the next President & CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA).  Mr. Reardon currently works in a Kansas City-based law firm and will begin his term at KCATA in March.

Mr. Reardon is the former Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS and led an economic renaissance in the region that continues to this day.  He is also a big advocate for public transportation.  During his tenure as Mayor, he introduced Sunday bus service in Kansas City and built the first major transit center in the city.  He also worked closely with the KCATA on other transportation projects through an FTA TIGER grant.

He also has been a big proponent of bi-state, regional cooperation.  He negotiated the first Google Fiber development agreement in the country, beating out over 1,100 municipalities that had applied for the opportunity.  He also worked with the Mayor of Kansas City, MO to create a bi-state innovations teams to bridge the gap between the two cities.

He was selected by a national search that was conducted by EFL Associates including input from transit customers and regional stakeholders and a selection by the bi-state committee of KCATA board  commissioners.  In his public statement about the position, Reardon says, “Regional transit faces a good many challenges in the days and years ahead, but I can’t think of a more worthy mission.  Public transportation is the glue that holds communities together.”  CMT could not agree more.