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DCTA board keeps officers in place

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By Bj Lewis

The Denton County Transportation Authority board members voted to keep the officers in their same positions Thursday.

Longtime board member and Lewisville representative Charles Emery will remain chairman. Board members also voted to keep Paul Pomeroy of Highland Villages as vice chairman, Denton representative Richard Huckaby as secretary and Dave Kovatch, who is an at-large representative, as the board’s treasurer.

“I am privileged to work with those guys,” Emery said. “They’re each good leaders.”

In other board action, staff presented a report on the A-train ridership, which was up 4.8 percent in December over December 2012 numbers.

Next month, board members will meet in an annual board retreat, this year at the Lantana Lodge in Pilot Point, where they will begin work on the budget, look at capital projects for the year and address long-term projects including the unfunded federally mandated positive train control.

The requirement, borne out of the Rail Safety and Improvement Act of 2008 is a technology to help prevent train-to-train collisions and high-speed derailments.

“It’s intensifying,” Emery said. “We supposedly have a date of 2015 to get that implemented. I don’t know too many rail systems that have gotten it done yet. It’s a focus area for us. We will do everything we can do to comply with those regulations.”