by Lori Phelan
John Funghi, Central Subway Program Director. (SFMTA Photo, April 24, 2013)
After 18 years with the agency, John Funghi is leaving the SFMTA to join Caltrain where he will oversee the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project as Chief Officer for the Caltrain Modernization Program.
The $1.9 billion project will electrify Caltrain from the 4th and King Station to the Tamien Station in San Jose, allowing Caltrain to convert their fleet from diesel-hauled trains to Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains and expand service along the corridor.
"The electrification of Caltrain is a vital step to enhancing transit connectivity in our region," said Ed Reiskin. "It will be great to have a friend and colleague at Caltrain as we move to electrify, and eventually extend, service into the Salesforce Transit Center through the Downtown Extension."
A native San Franciscan, Funghi joined the agency as a project manager in 1999, overseeing major facility projects before becoming Central Subway Project director in June 2006.
Before coming to the SFMTA he was a licensed civil engineer and general contractor overseeing major capital improvement projects ranging from heavy civil projects with the Tyee Lake Hydroelectric Project in Alaska to major residential developments located in Daly City.
During his tenure at the SFMTA, he built a national reputation leading the complex $1.6 billion Central Subway Project from early design and outreach to construction stage.
While his professional experience and leadership will be sorely missed, we wish him the best of luck in his new role. His final day will be Feb. 1, 2018.
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