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General Manager Neil McFarlane

Neil McFarlane became TriMet's general manager on July 1, 2010.

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TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane

Previously, McFarlane had served as TriMet's executive director for capital projects since 1998. In this role, he led the development, design and construction of TriMet's capital facilities, including the Airport, Interstate, I-205 and Portland Mall MAX extensions, and WES Commuter Rail. From 1991 to 1998, he was TriMet's project control director for the 18-mile, $963 million Westside light rail project.

Prior to his time at TriMet, McFarlane worked for Metro and helped manage construction for the 500,000-square-foot, $90 million Oregon Convention Center with landmark twin towers, successful public art program and cost-effective design.

McFarlane takes the helm of the agency that is considered a national leader in transit innovation, ranking 7th highest in annual transit rides per capita (TriMet carries more people than any other US transit system its size).

He earned a master's degree in urban planning from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1977 and a bachelor's degree from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona in 1975.

McFarlane grew up in Inglewood, California, and is a 30–year resident of the Portland region. He's married to Annette and they have two grown children.