General Manager Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb has dedicated more than 30 years of service to Metro Transit, including a decade as General Manager. A Minneapolis native, he has been a regular transit rider since 1970 and continues to ride transit daily.
Lamb began his career in Metro Transit's Research Department. He later created and led the agency’s first Customer Service Department and served as director of Service Development. In 1999, he joined the Minnesota Department of Public Safety as Director of Driver and Vehicle Services. He served as the state’s Commissioner of Administration from 2003 to 2004. Lamb returned to Metro Transit in 2004, becoming the agency's tenth General Manager.
As General Manager, Lamb takes great pride in working alongside nearly 3,200 dedicated employees, including bus and light-rail operators, mechanics, police officers, service planners, engineers and many other support staff.
Metro Transit's ridership has steadily grown since Lamb became General Manager. In 2016, the agency provided 82.6 million rides, the third-highest annual ridership since 1981.
Metro Transit serves approximately 90 cities across seven counties and operates 131 bus routes, the METRO Blue and Green light rail lines and the Northstar Commuter Rail Line. In 2016, Metro Transit opened the A Line, the region's first rapid bus line with faster, more frequent service.
Lamb is a strong advocate for expanding local and express bus service, bringing rapid bus service to the region's most-traveled corridors, fulfilling a vision for Bus Rapid Transit service on Interstate 35W corridor and extending the Blue and Green light rail lines. In addition to improving the regional transit network, Lamb has been a proponent of energy conservation, equity and the use of data to improve operations and customer service.
General Managers Through History
- 1970-80: Harry Springer
- 1980-85: Lou Olsen
- 1985-90: John Capell
- 1990-93: Mike Christenson
- 1993-96: Tom Sather
- 1996-97: Julie Johanson (acting)
- 1997-01: Art Leahy
- 2001: John Haley
- 2002-04: Mike Setzer
- 2004-Present: Brian Lamb