Rail Management Team
Dale King has been the railroad’s superintendent since December 2008. He began his career with the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey in 1974 and continued with its successor, Conrail. Dale joined Burlington Northern Railroad in 1983 and held several positions in its operations and marketing departments. He moved to Willamette Industries in 1995 and, following its acquisition by Weyerhaeuser in 2002, was named Director of Rail Services. In that role, Dale was responsible for Weyerhaeuser’s rail operations in North America, which included the management of five short line railroads. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in transportation from Arizona State University, an MBA from Indiana University and is a certified member of the American Society of Transportation & Logistics.
Mr. Matheson is responsible for construction and maintenance of the railroad’s 140 miles of track, management of Tacoma Rail’s state and federal grant projects, as well as maintenance of the utility’s fleet of 16 locomotives. Mr. Matheson joined Tacoma Rail in July 2005 as a supervisor of operations in the Transportation Section. In the spring of 2006, he transferred to the Maintenance of Way Section and has advanced to positions with increased responsibility. Prior to joining Tacoma Rail, Mr. Matheson was general manager of American Orient Express (AOE) Rail Services and was responsible for maintenance and refurbishment of the vintage luxury rail cars. In 2001 when he joined AOE, they had a fleet of 18 rail cars; by the time he left, he had overseen the expansion of the AOE fleet to 32 rail cars which were in active service in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Tim Flood is responsible for implementing policy and execution of the daily operating plan on three distinct divisions. He supervises employees in the coordination and safe operational movement of all train activities. Flood began his railroad career in train service with the BNSF in early 1998; he has served as yardmaster, trainmaster and intermodal hub manager up and down the West Coast. He went to work for Marine Terminals Corporation in 2005 as rail superintendent to start the Pierce County Terminal on-dock rail facility in Tacoma. He joined Tacoma Rail in April 2006 as operations supervisor and was appointed interim operations manager in December 2007. Flood has a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
Chief Information/Financial Officer
Dan McCabe manages Tacoma Rail’s car hire, demurrage, tariffs, grant requests, invoicing and technologies. He has received two national awards on behalf of Tacoma Rail for his work in the railroad technology field. His work in writing applications has garnered millions in grants and Rail Bank loans. McCabe has also been a certified locomotive engineer. He first came to Tacoma Public Utilities in the summer of 1998, working for Tacoma Power as an engineer’s aide. Tacoma Rail started giving McCabe projects in 2000; that became a full-time position in 2002 as he became supervisor of Research & Technology. He is a Tacoma native and has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Western Washington University.
Chief Administration Officer
Lori Daniels is responsible for various labor relations, which include negotiation of collective bargaining agreements under the Railway Labor Act, creation of innovative labor/management strategies, succession planning, recruitment and employee retention; compliance with Federal Railroad Administration regulations; and budgetary support and fiscal responsibility. Daniels began her career at TPU in 1989 as a customer service assistant and moved to Human Resources in August 1996. Daniels moved to Tacoma Rail in January 1999 and held the positions of administrative secretary, administrative assistant and supervisor of operations until taking her current position in July 2006.