Vice President Safety, Risk Management, and Accessibility Services
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Gardner serves as Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority or Cap Metro’s Vice President, Safety, Risk Management, and Accessible Services Management and Chief Safety Officer. He has been in his current role since July 2018, and is responsible for research, development, implementation, management and/or maintenance of all safety-related programs. And is also responsible for Corporate Safety, and oversite of contractors providing bus, commuter rail, and on demand services on behalf of Cap Metro. His career has been diverse. Over 34 years ago, he began his career in transportation as a block operator/assistant train director for Amtrak. During a near 14-year career with the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), he would serve in various passenger and freight capacities, and system safety. In the years following his career with LIRR, he served as heavy rail rail transit safety expert for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority or MARTA, safety and security chief for Valley Metro (Phoenix, AZ), and high-speed passenger and freight rail safety manager – highest organizational level afforded an expatriate -- for Saudi Railway Company or SAR, and New Jersey Transit’s Chief Office of System Safety. Gardner recently completed a 3-year term as an industry representative on the USDOT’s Northeast Corridor Safety Committee. He is the American Passenger Transportation Association’s (APTA) Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee chairman and serves as a senior subject matter expert on APTA’s Safety & Security Certification Recommended Practices Working Group. Over the years, he has been known to participate on various Transportation Research Board / Transportation Cooperative Research Program panels, as is a member of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety or TRACS Employee Safety Reporting Subcommittee. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, and World Safety Organization. He is certified by the World Safety Organization as a certified safety executive and holds a USDOT-required Transit Safety and Security Program or TSSP certification.