A Southlake man has been picked to help make Texas more competitive in the race for federal dollars to build a high-speed rail system.
William "Bill" Glavin was selected to serve as director of the Texas Department of Transportation's new rail division.
Glavin has 30 years of experience in the rail industry, including a stint with the Burlington Northern Railroad, a predecessor to what is now BNSF, one of the nation's largest freight railroads. BNSF's headquarters is in Fort Worth.
His career highlights:
Began at Burlington Northern Railroad as a corporate management trainee, and rose through the ranks to become system chief engineer and general manager of strategic network design. He was in charge of planning and budgets.
* Also worked at North American RailNet, and as a consultant with RVBA and Associates.* Bachelor's degree in biology, 1975, Johns Hopkins University.
* Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, 1977, Michigan State University.
The federal government has made $8 billion in stimulus funding available for high-speed rail corridor development. The Texas Department of Transportation requested $1.8 billion in Recovery Act funding to develop the state's first high-speed rail corridor, which would run through Fort Worth.
The federal government expects to make a decision in January, and Texas is on a short list of competitive states, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., told the Star-Telegram in an interview Monday while visiting Irving.