Voices INSIDE TRACK
Chris Burner, chief project
officer, Foothill Gold Line
Monrovia, California, USA
planned—and under Mr. Burner’s leadership, the
organization is on track to complete the feat again.
The third phase, now in planning, will add six stations and an additional 12. 3 miles ( 19. 8 kilometers)
to the light rail line by 2025.
How did you put the second extension on track
I identified the five keys to project success: planning, contract, contractor, management team and
community relations. Then I implemented metrics,
processes and IT solutions to track our progress.
For instance, we introduced processes to track all
contractor submittals and information requests
and our performance around reviewing and
responding to them. And I identified major risk
areas, such as acquiring property within a certain
The organization is planning the final phase of
a three-part extension to the light rail system that
connects downtown Los Angeles, California, USA
to its eastern suburbs.
Chris Burner, who began his career as a project
engineer for the U.S. Air Force, has helmed the
authority’s project management team since 2009.
He oversaw the US$930 million second phase of
the line’s extension, which involved 11. 5 miles
( 18. 5 kilometers) of track and six new stations.
Last year, the Authority delivered the extension as