Michael Rogers has been named director of Raleigh’s new transportation department.
Rogers, who was chosen from more than 60 applicants, has nearly 25 years of transportation experience and currently serves as the public works director for the City of Peoria, Ill. He previously served as assistant director of public works for San Antonia, Texas, and has transportation experience with the Michigan Department of Transportation, according to a statement Raleigh released Friday.
Raleigh created a transportation department this year as part of organizational changes. The new department is responsible for all aspects of transportation, including planning, street maintenance, traffic engineering, transit services and parking operations.
Rogers’ experience with introducing bus rapid transit will be valuable, city leaders said in a statement. The Wake Transit Plan, which voters will be asked this fall to fund through a half-cent sales tax increase, calls for bus rapid transit.
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“The City’s new organizational structure, strategic plan and future planning around infrastructure and transit suggest that transportation is a key priority for the City of Raleigh,” Rogers said in a statement. “I am excited to join the City at such a critical point and to build on the outstanding services and quality of life that the citizens of Raleigh expect.”
Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University. He and his wife, Kristin, have four children.
He will begin work Aug. 29 and earn a salary of $145,000, according to the city.