New top dog for San Antonio TxDOT district

More background info on Medina and former District Engineer Casteel, whom Medina is replacing, here.

Aug. 29, 2008

TxDOT selects new district engineer for San Antonio area

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Transportation has selected Mario Medina as district engineer for the agency’s San Antonio district.  Medina has served as district engineer in TxDOT’s Laredo district since 2006 and recently has served as interim South Regional Support Service Center Director.

“Mario brings a wealth of knowledge about freight and multi-modal operations to the San Antonio DE position,” said Amadeo Saenz, TxDOT executive director.  “This knowledge will work well in helping San Antonio meet its unique mobility challenges.”

Medina began his 23-year career with TxDOT in the Laredo district where he worked five summers while pursuing his degree. Medina earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986.

He took his first full-time position in TxDOT’s Design division. Later, after being promoted to manager of the Consultant Contract Office, Medina went to work for the Transportation Planning and Programming division as multimodal section director, where he was responsible for various multimodal issues including railroad planning, railroad safety inspections, state sponsorship of the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway, pedestrian and bicycle planning and multimodal/intermodal planning projects.

His experience in railroad planning and multimodal/intermodal planning projects proved invaluable to TxDOT’s eight-county Laredo district, of which four counties border Mexico with multiple rail crossings.

Medina’s new appointment is effective September 1.

TxDOT’s San Antonio district plans, designs, builds, operates and maintains the state  transportation system in the following counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina, Uvalde and Wilson.

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