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SEPTA NAMES CHIEF LIGHT RAIL OFFICER TO MANAGE TROLLEY ROUTES, PLAN FUTURE; AUTHORITY'S BOARD FORMS FIRST-EVER LIGHT RAIL COMMITTEE

 SEPTA NAMES CHIEF LIGHT RAIL OFFICER TO MANAGE TROLLEY ROUTES, PLAN FUTURE; AUTHORITY'S BOARD FORMS FIRST-EVER LIGHT RAIL COMMITTEE
 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Kim Scott Heinle (HINE-lee), eight-year SEPTA employee and current chief officer of SEPTA Operations Safety & Training, will take over management of SEPTA's present light rail (trolley) routes on Sunday (Oct. 11) and will be responsible for demonstrating the Authority's commitment to electric-powered light rail service in the future, SEPTA announced today.
 At the same time, SEPTA Chairman J. Clayton Undercofler announced that the SEPTA Board has formed a Light Rail Committee which, working closely with the community and the various governments which fund the Authority, will develop light rail policies for SEPTA Board consideration and action.
 The Board's Light Rail Committee will be chaired by state Rep. Gordon J. Linton (appointed to the Board by the House Majority Leader) and will include Board Members Richard E. Kurtz, attorney (Chester County), Patrick H. McCarthy, attorney (Governor's Appointee), and Richard Voith (Philadelphia).
 With the title chief officer Light Rail, Heinle will report to Chief Operating Officer Charles W. Thomas. Heinle was named to his new position by Chief Operations Officer/General Manager Louis J. Gambaccini.
 The scope of Heinle's job will be broad, SEPTA said, beginning with responsibility for managing the day-to-day operation of the existing light rail system. Beyond that, he will be closely involved in overseeing the purchase of new vehicles and renewal of the system's infrastructure, and in planning for more efficient and extensive light rail operations in the future.
 As an expediter of system renewal, he will work closely with community groups and other constituencies, including the City of Philadelphia. His general goal will be to plan for the best possible use of light rail vehicles as part of SEPTA's stated commitment to operate electric-powered vehicles wherever feasible.
 Heinle, a native Philadelphian, has been chief officer, Operations Safety & Training since March 1990. By definition, that job has related him closely to the problems of on-the-street operations. His SEPTA positions before March 1990 included:
 Assistant to the general manager for the development of inter- divisional projects to improve communications and responsiveness to customers' needs (July 1989-March 1990); manager, Operations Administration (February 1988-July 1989); acting chief, Operations Safety & Training (March 1988-July 1988); senior operations planner (March 1895-February 1988), and operations planner (October 1984- February 1985). Prior to coming to work for SEPTA, Heinle was general manager of the Cape Ann Transportation Authority in Gloucester, Mass.
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