Former Director of Maintenance for United Airlines in Cleveland and Boston will Coordinate Daily Fleet Maintenance for MBTA Commuter Rail

BOSTON, MA – July 8, 2015 – Keolis Commuter Services announced today it has named Kenneth Trahan chief mechanical officer for its contract to operate the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail system. In this role, Trahan will manage Keolis’ fleet maintenance operations ensuring the safety, performance and regulatory compliance of the locomotives and coach cars that transport more than 125,000 people across Greater Boston each day.

An experienced manager and leader, Trahan comes to Keolis with nearly 40 years in the transportation industry, including 29 years with United Airlines, where he most recently served as Director of Maintenance overseeing operations in both Boston and Cleveland. United is one of the world’s largest airlines, carrying 90 million of passengers annually on a fleet of more than 700 aircraft.

“We are pleased to welcome Ken Trahan to the Keolis team,” said Gerald C. Francis, General Manager of Keolis Commuter Services. “United Airlines is globally recognized as a leader in terms of mechanical excellence, with some of the highest safety standards in the world, and Mr. Trahan played a critical leadership role in supporting and maintaining that culture of excellence. His skills and leadership abilities will be invaluable as we implement our plans for building a better, more reliable commuter rail experience for this community.”

Safety was a hallmark of Trahan’s tenure. During the period that he managed United’s Boston facility, workers suffered no lost time for injuries during a four year period. He also oversaw the merger between United and Continental Airlines’ maintenance programs at these stations, and has extensive experience working with labor organizations and federal regulatory agencies.

“Ken Trahan understands what it takes to deliver a reliable fleet in a timely matter and that experience will be critically important as we make the changes needed to improve the on-time performance of the MBTA commuter rail system,” Francis said. “Bringing sustainable improvements to a system as large and complex as this one won’t happen overnight, but leaders like Ken Trahan will be key to our success in delivering the level of service that the people of this community expect and deserve.”

About Keolis

Keolis is a global leader in the passenger transportation industry, operating systems in 15 countries including Canada and the United States. The largest light rail operator in the world, Keolis transports 3 billion passengers a year via trains, buses, shuttles and taxis, and also provides fleet management and maintenance, logistics and routing services. Learn more about how Keolis and our 60,000 employees are always “Thinking Like A Passenger” at


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Keolis Commuter Services
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Kenneth A. Trahan

Kenneth A. Trahan, Chief Maintenance Officer for the MBTA Commuter Rail