Our Vision

Our vision is to provide transit services that make Tarrant County more livable and support continued economic growth.

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) was created in 1983 as a regional transportation authority of the State of Texas and is not an agency or department of any of its member cities.

The FWTA annually provides nearly 10 million passenger trips on buses, vanpools and the Trinity Railway Express, which it jointly owns and operates with Dallas Area Rapid Transit. FWTA is developing TEXRail, a commuter rail from Fort Worth to DFW Airport’s Terminal B.

FWTA is governed by an eleven-member board of directors with eight appointed by the Fort Worth City Council and three by Tarrant County Commissioners Court.

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Board of Directors
Scott Mahaffey

Scott Mahaffey

Chairman

Jon Franks

Jon Franks

Vice-Chair

Dennis Dunkins

Dennis Dunkins

Secretary

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis

Member

Charles Edmonds

Member

Nicolo Genua

Nicolo Genua

Member

Alan Hooks

Member

Jeff King

Jeff King

Member

Neftali Ortiz

Neftali Ortiz

Member

Tito Rodriguez

Tito Rodriguez

Member

Ray Taylor

Member

Senior Administrative Staff
Paul Ballard

Paul Ballard

President and

& Chief Executive Officer

Paul Ballard has been President and CEO of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) since 2014. He came to FWTA after serving 12 years as President of Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority in Middle Tennessee. He holds a B.S. Degree in Business, Transportation and Public Utilities Management from the Indiana University School of Business and an MPA Degree from Webster University in St. Louis.

Mike Birch

Vice President

& Chief Operating Officer

Mike Birch has served as VP/COO since 2017. Before joining FWTA, Mike spent 22 years working at the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation. During his tenure, Mike was the department head for Safety, Security and Training before being promoted to the Vice President of Human Resources. Mike finished his career there as the Chief Operations Officer. In that role, he led Fixed Route Operations, Paratransit Operations, Vehicle Maintenance, Safety, Security, Training, Information Technology and Facility Maintenance. He holds a B.S. Degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Monica Fowler

Monica Fowler

Vice President of Finance

& Chief Financial Officer

Monica C. Fowler joined the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) in 2012 as the Assistant Vice President of Finance and is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance. She oversees all financial activities including budgeting, financial planning, investments, general accounting and grant management for FWTA. She was previously employed in financial management at the Denton County Transportation Authority and the Burnet County Auditor’s Office. Monica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Tarleton State University, graduating with honors, and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Bob Baulsir

Bob Baulsir

Senior Vice President

Bob Baulsir joined the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) in 2014 as TEXRail Project Manager with more than 30 years’ experience overseeing large transit projects, including rail development, construction, rail facilities and Bus Rapid Transit. He also has managed transit system procurement, operations and maintenance facilities, safety and security. Bob retired as General Manager of Administration for the Nashville Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Phoenix with coursework at the State University of New York. He has training in transit related areas including safety and security. Bob has worked in public agencies in New York and Ohio, including the Metro Regional Transit Authority in Akron.

Melanie Kroeker

Melanie Kroeker

Vice President

of Human Resources

As Vice President of Human Resources and EEO Officer, Ms. Kroeker joined the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in 2000 and provides leadership and oversight of FWTA’s human resource management and is dedicated to protecting and serving the business through the delivery of exceptional people services. Areas of responsibility include recruitment and onboarding, compensation and benefits, performance management, workers’ compensation, labor and employee relations, training and development, wellness, and employee engagement and recognition.

Ms. Kroeker has over 20 years of human resources experience in both the private and public sector. She attained a BA with and emphasis in Management and HR and holds a PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification through HRCI, a SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) through the Society for Human Resources Management. In addition to her position at FWTA, she serves on the board for SWBA (Southwest Benefits Association) as well as serves on the board for the local chapter FWHR (Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association).  In her volunteer roles she partners with other leaders in the HR field to support efforts in advancing the human resources profession.

Rebecca Montgomery

Rebecca Montgomery

Vice President

of External Affairs

Rebecca Montgomery is the Vice President of External Affairs for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. She oversees transportation-related legislative issues at the local, state and national levels, and works closely with elected officials and community leaders. Rebecca’s department includes Marketing & Communications, Community Outreach and the EasyRide commuter program. She came to Fort Worth from Austin with 15 years’ experience working in various sectors of the Texas legislative process, experienced in legislative analysis and research, government and public relations. Rebecca served as chief of staff for State Rep. John Smithee (R-Amarillo) and later an executive to House Speaker Tom Craddick (R-Midland). She also served as a governmental affairs specialist to Commissioner Jerry Patter of the Texas General Land Office, monitoring and guiding legislative activities.

Detra Whitmore

Detra Whitmore

Vice President

of Administration

Detra Whitmore was named Vice President of Administration for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in August 2016. Detra joined the transportation industry with FWTA in 2005, starting as an administrative assistant and literally working her way up through the ranks. As VP of Administration she oversees the Administration, Planning & Development, and Customer Service departments. She oversees all aspects of the internal administration of FWTA. She is the agency’s Freedom of Information and Records Retention Officer. Detra is responsible for directing the short-term and long-term public transit needs for Tarrant County cities. She also directs the planning of new routes, alterations of routes and cost estimating that also includes identifying appropriate sites for new facilities and improving existing facilities. She is a certified Project Manager Professional.