Jeffrey D. Knueppel will be leading the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority as general manager starting Oct. 1.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority tapped Jeffrey D. Knueppel as its new general manager.

Knueppel, who replaces Joseph Casey after his retirement takes effect on Sept. 30, has worked with SEPTA for 27 years including as deputy general manager in two divisions. SEPTA officials credit Knueppel with spearheading 32 transit infrastructure improvement projects as part of the agency’s $191 million stimulus program. They said he plans to continue working with his team to advance SEPTA’s Rebuilding the Future program designed to tackle a “backlog” of repair, facility improvements and fleet upgrade projects made possible by the Pennsylvania Act 89 legislation approved in 2013.

“In a climate of ever increasing responsibilities and funding challenges Jeff has consistently demonstrated the requisite temperament, passion, strategic management skills and innovative thinking to successfully assume the duties of general manager,” said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon in a statement.

SEPTA is rated A1 by Moody's Investors Service and double-A by Fitch Ratings. It is the primary transit provider for the Philadelphia region and the sixth largest transportation agency in the nation.

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