Rock Region Metro CEO to Step Down

Rock Region Metro CEO to Step Down
Charles Frazier, executive director of Rock Region Metro (Karen E. Segrave)

Rock Region Metro CEO Charles D. Frazier announced Friday that Dec. 10 will be his last day on the job.

Frazier is stepping down to take a to-be-announced executive leadership position with another transportation authority, according to a Metro news release.

Frazier accepted the Metro position more than three years ago. The central Arkansas transit agency said that during his time at the organization, ridership increased by 8% before the pandemic. He also led development of a plan that expanded transit service beyond Pulaski County.

The organization also won two Federal Transit Administration competitive grant awards, including the largest FTA competitive grant in its history: a $4.9 million low/no emissions grant to fund up to five battery electric buses and charging infrastructure.

Frazier, a 2018 graduate of the American Public Transportation Association Leadership APTA program, serves on the board of directors for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Metroplan.

He was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to the Governor’s Economic Recovery Task Force to make recommendations for the state’s recovery from the effects of COVID-19.

“Charles’ leadership at Metro and embrace of innovation and continuous improvement has well-positioned the agency to meet central Arkansas’ future transit needs. We’re deeply appreciative of his work and passion for public service and for his friendship,” said Art Kinnaman, Metro Board of Directors chairman, in the release. “He will be missed.”