As the City of London gears up for its biggest infrastructure project ever, a czar has been hired to co-ordinate the initiative.
Long-time engineer Jennie Ramsay was announced Wednesday as the city’s first ever Rapid Transit Project Director, tasked with overseeing the SHIFT Rapid Transit Implementation Office.
Ramsay has worked in municipal engineering for nearly two decades, joining the City of London specifically in 2002.
Her work has spanned from storm water management to background studies on development charges, encompassing servicing, planning, finance and public engagement.
The City of London was unable to facilitate an interview with Ramsay, but in a press release she said she was eager to start the new role.
“I’m looking forward to joining the Rapid Transit team and leading the implementation of such an important project for the city,” said Ramsay.
As of Monday June 26th, Ramsay will head the planning, implementation and construction of the $440-million bus rapid transit project.
“It will not only shape the future transportation system but will be a catalyst for economic development and city building,” the City of London said in a statement.
The City defended its decision to hire a project-specific point person by saying it’s a “common best practice” with large-scale infrastructure projects, which other cities have also embraced.
“The implementation of a project of this scale requires dedicated resources focused on its successful delivery,” said Kelly Scherr, Managing Director Environmental & Engineering Services and City Engineer, City of London. “I’m confident Jennie will serve the City well in this new role.”