Parker County Judge Mark Riley was elected by his peers as secretary of the Regional Transportation Council at the council’s June meeting.
Riley, who began serving on the RTC in 2008 and has been recognized locally for his leadership in the field of transportation, said he was humbled to be chosen by the 43-member council.
“To be elected secretary of the RTC is certainly an honor and came as a total surprise, as I did not pursue the position,” he said. “We are fortunate in this region to have a group of leaders, and a COG (Council of Governments) transportation staff, who understands the need to work together solving our transportation problems. I look forward to the opportunity to serve at such a critical time as we develop and implement plans to provide for future transportation needs in our region."
The 43 members of the independent transportation policy board include elected and appointed officials from the 12 county DFW Metropolitan Planning Area and representatives from each of the area transportation providers.
Responsibilities of the RTC include allocating federal, state and regional transportation dollars that have been designated to the region; recommending transportation projects to the Texas Transportation Commission; guiding development of multimodal transportation plans, authorizing transportation projects and ensuring transportation providers coordinate services.
“I believe transportation and infrastructure development is vital to our economic development,” Riley said.
Riley’s selection by the council to the position of secretary means he will continue to move up in the ranks of leadership.
He will serve one year as secretary, then one year as vice chairman, and in July of 2015 will become chair of the Regional Transportation Council.
In his fourth term as county judge, Riley was recently presented with the Community Service Award from the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, the Community Hero Award by the Careity Foundation and was a top five finalist for the Individual Spotlight Award presented by the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association.
He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition.