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Department of Transportation Director Announces Retirement

Ed King Served for 46 Years in Public Transportation

The City of Santa Monica’s Department of Transportation Director, Ed King, has announced his retirement, effective August 2023. 

With over 46 years of experience in public transportation, King has served for the past 12 years as the director for the City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus, and most recently, for the Department of Transportation. Prior to his tenure in Santa Monica, King held leadership positions at Long Beach Transit and the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority.

During his time with the City, King has led various notable accomplishments, including the development of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified bus maintenance facility in 2012. Santa Monica became one of the first municipal transit agencies in the country to convert its entire fleet to renewable natural gas (RNG) in 2015, which is cleaner than clean diesel. In 2016, an award-winning transit system redesign was completed, resulting in new bus routes, increased service hours, accessible bus stops, and improved integration with E Line (Expo) stations.

“In his distinguished tenure, Ed has made tremendous improvements to Santa Monica’s transportation network,” said City Manager David White in a release. “He adopted sustainable solutions for our transit fleet, restored services through our economic recovery efforts, and led the Department of Transportation through the challenges of COVID-19.”

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