Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe has been selected as the next chair of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board of Directors effective July 1st.

Outgoing Metro Chair and Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian entered the motion June 24th which was unanimously approved by the board, nominating Knabe as the next chair.

“As chair of the MTA, I will promote a balanced transportation plan that equitably benefits residents in all parts of Los Angeles County,” said Knabe. “Our efforts must also include accelerating upgrades to our highways and improving our existing mass transit system.”

Knabe, who represents Marina del Rey in the Fourth District, was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1996 and is currently serving his fourth term.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was nominated to serve as the Metro board’s first vice chair and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich will serve as second vice chair.

Metro serves as transportation planner, coordinator, designer, builder and operator for the county.