Regional Administrator for Region 5
Marisol Simon joined FTA Region 5 after working at Community Transit of Snohomish County, Washington. As Regional Administrator, she is responsible for administering federal funding to support a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the Midwest and Upper Midwest. Region V encompasses Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.
At Community Transit, Ms. Simon served as Director of Maintenance, was responsible for overseeing the agency’s bus and vanpool fleet, its park & ride lots and facilities, and security. Ms. Simon's responsibilities included keeping the agency's 255 coaches and 277-vehicle vanpool fleet on the road, in addition to maintaining the agency's transit centers, park & rides, two operations bases and other facilities. She also managed the agency’s security contract with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department, which provides 11 deputies and administrative support to the transit agency.
Prior to joining Community Transit she served as Director of Administrative Services for Detroit's Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transit (SMART), and in several supervisory positions with MTA New York City Transit.
Simon started her career as a signal maintainer for Amtrak at Penn Station in New York, the first woman in the Northeast corridor to hold such a position. Later, she was a pipe fitter for Exxon, working at the company’s facility in Linden, N.J. After a stint with the pharmaceutical giant Merck, in 1989 she joined MTA New York City Transit. She held a number of positions there, including Deputy Line Superintendent, Line Superintendent, General Superintendent and Assistant Chief Maintenance Officer. Later, she moved on to Detroit, where she led the Detroit Department of Transportation before joining SMART.
Simon graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in Spanish literature from Hunter College, the City University of New York. She also earned summa cum laude honors when she completed her master of science in civil engineering from City College, CUNY.