The Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) announced the appointment of Thomas “Tom” Murta as its executive director, effective July 10, 2017. He succeeds former executive director Ron Hynes.
“Tom comes to the SLSI with significant industry knowledge in the areas of compliance assessment, risk reduction, crisis management and emergency planning,” said Linda Bauer Darr, president of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and SLSI Board of Directors member. “In addition to his rail expertise, Tom has experience working in and with government agencies as well as serving on not-for-profit boards, which will provide important context for his work in taking the Safety Institute to the next level.”
Murta most recently served as assistant vice president of safety and operations compliance for CSX Transportation. Employed at CSX for 24 years, he held a variety of positions with the company that included responsibility for safety and compliance, hazardous materials systems, environmental compliance, and infrastructure. Prior to joining CSX, he spent six years with the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources.
Murta earned a bachelor’s in geology and environmental science from Morehead University and a master’s in public administration from Kentucky State University.
“Tom has been a valued member of the SLSI Advisory Board, sharing his deep industry knowledge – particularly related to HazMat movement,” said Peter V. “Doc” Claussen, Jr., vice chair of Gulf & Ohio Railways, Inc., and chairman of the Board of Directors for the SLSI. “Ron Hynes, our first executive director, was critical in guiding the Institute from a project to a full-scale operation. Tom will hit the ground running, with full knowledge of where we have been, and a vision for where we want to go.”
“I am thrilled to be selected to move the Short Line Safety Institute forward,” remarked Murta. “I’m committed to achieving the goals of SLSI, including being the industry-recognized leader in safety culture assessments, developing innovative training to assist short lines in continuous improvement of safety culture, and guiding research to identify additional areas of work.”