The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center has announced that Paul J. Wiedefeld, MCRP ‘81 has joined the VTC Advisory Board, effective July 1. He will also be teaching Public Transit and Management at the Bloustein School in the Fall of 2022.
Mr. Wiedefeld served as the General Manager/CEO of the Washington Metro from 2015 to 2022. Metro is one of the nation’s largest transit systems, serving more than 300 million passenger trips annually, with an annual $2.2 billion operating budget and a $2.5 billion capital program. Prior to joining Metro, Paul was the CEO of Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). During Mr. Wiedefeld’s tenure, BWI grew to become the leading passenger airport in the Washington metropolitan region. To support this growth, he managed the most significant capital expansion in the Airport’s history, including constructing a 26-gate terminal for Southwest airlines, an 8,400-space parking garage, and a modern consolidated rental car facility.
He also served as the CEO of the Maryland Transit Administration, managing day-to-day operations of the nation’s 13th largest transit system, including commuter rail, subway, light rail, buses, and paratransit. During his career, Mr. Wiedefeld has also held various transportation planner positions at the county, MPO, and state levels of government. In the private sector, he served for a decade as a consultant with the international engineering firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Towson University and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School.
In 2016, he was honored by the Bloustein School with the Bloustein School Alumni Association’s Dean’s Medal of Merit, an award honoring lifetime achievement in an alum’s chosen field.
The VTC Advisory Board provides strategic guidance in support of its mission to lead an informed public discussion of transportation policy issues. In the context of New Jersey as a living laboratory, VTC is committed to conducting research and finding innovative approaches to transportation problem-solving.