"Tim is a seasoned professional with experience from excellent transit systems that have well prepared him to lead this agency, and I enthusiastically welcome him and look forward to his contributions," said Chris Walton, director of the Broward County Transportation Department.
Garling brings close to 30 years of experience in the transportation industry and a wealth of bus and rail operations experience to the position. Since 2007, he served as executive director of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) in St. Petersburg, Fla., responsible for directing the activities of the Transit Authority that serves 24 municipalities in Pinellas County. Among his many accomplishments with PSTA was implementing the agency's Productivity Improvement Program to involve employees in the development of efficient and cost-saving operational measures. Garling is also credited with initiating state, regional and local transportation partnerships to conduct and plan for regional transit projects, including a future high speed rail between Tampa and Orlando.
Prior to his appointment with PSTA, Garling was employed by TriMet, a premier transit agency in Portland, Ore. He also served in progressive responsible positions with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in New York, N.Y.
Garling is a native of Iowa and earned a bachelor's degree in economics and political science as well as a master's of public administration degree from Iowa State University.