- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia’s regional transit agency is appointing an engineer who rose through the ranks to replace its retiring general manager.

SEPTA’s board announced Jeffrey Knueppel’s promotion Thursday. He takes over for Joseph Casey, who’s retiring Sept. 30, just days after Pope Francis’ visit.

Knueppel joined SEPTA in 1988 as an entry-level structural engineer focusing on bridge and tunnel repairs.

He later became the agency’s chief engineer and a Deputy General Manager. In those roles, he directed 32 transit infrastructure improvement projects.

The Cooper Union graduate was honored this year as the Civil Engineer of the Year by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

SEPTA, the nation’s sixth largest public transportation system, plans to meet a goal of installing federally mandated speed controls on its commuter lines by year’s end.

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