Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority General Manager Joseph Casey is retiring.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority General Manager Joseph M. Casey is retiring after seven years leading the nation's sixth-largest public transit agency.

Casey announced on Aug. 19 he will step away from SEPTA on Sept. 30 after spending 33 years with the authority, the primary transit provider for the Philadelphia region. SEPTA board members are expected to discuss a timetable for replacing Casey at its September board meeting.

"Joe has led SEPTA through challenging times, while consistently improving SEPTA's performance, customer service and overall public perception," said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon in a statement. "His leadership and expertise have been keys to moving SEPTA forward."

In his role as general manager, Casey advocated for the passage of Pennsylvania Act 89 in 2013 that enabled SEPTA to tackle infrastructure improvements in its fiscal 2016 budget. Prior to becoming general manager in 2008, Casey served six years as SEPTA's chief financial officer and treasurer.

"With dedicated funding for capital improvements, resulting from state Act 89, we will have resources to further enhance the riding experience for our customers, improve reliability and preserve the transit system for future generations," said Casey in a statement announcing his retirement.

SEPTA is rated A1 by Moody's Investors Service and double-A by Fitch Ratings.

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