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Former Houston Transit Chief Named to Head New York’s Transit Authority

January 9, 1990

NEW YORK (AP) _ Alan F. Kiepper, who built Atlanta’s rapid-transit rail system and has headed Houston’s mass-transit system for six years, was named president of this city’s Transit Authority on Monday.

Kiepper succeeds David L. Gunn, who resigned Friday, as overseer of buses and subways in the nation’s biggest city. He takes over March 1.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board voted, without discussion, for Kiepper following a closed-door discussion Monday.

Kiepper quit as general manager of Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority in November after conflict with its board chairman over a proposed light-rail system. He joined the Houston authority in 1982 after a decade as chief of Atlanta’s rapid-transit system.

In Atlanta, Kiepper oversaw the construction and opening of the first 14 miles of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s rail line. He has also been city manager of Richmond, Va.

Gunn has been credited with cleaning up the subway system, reorganizing management and improving maintenance in his six years at the TA. He said in resigning that he wanted to spend time hiking in New Hampshire and chopping wood at his family’s Nova Scotia farm.

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