Jeffrey C. Arndt is President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Metropolitan Transit. VIA provides transportation services to the Bexar County region, including the fast-growing City of San Antonio, identified as the seventh-largest city in the United States.
Arndt joined VIA in February 2012 as Deputy CEO/Chief of Business Support Services. His expertise encompasses transit service and capital facility development, training and safety, financial management and planning, labor relations, special event transit/traffic management, and transit operations. He is continuously working to bring innovations to VIA and to San Antonio that will improve the livability and sustainability of the region, to include the implementation of SmartMove, VIA’s short-term capital plan to bring multimodalism to the region.
Arndt came to San Antonio from Houston where he served as General Manager of Fixed-route Transit Services for First Transit, a company under contract with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, or Houston METRO. He previously worked for Houston METRO for 25 years and achieved the position of Senior Vice President of Operations/Chief Operating Officer. Arndt spent five years as a research scientist/research specialist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and was Senior Planning Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff before joining First Transit.
Arndt holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Houston, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He currently serves on several boards, including the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Centro Alliance, Texas Diversity Council, South West Transit Association (SWTA), United Way, and San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE), and the Texas Transit Association. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor in the public administration graduate program at the University of Houston, and was also selected for the 38th Leadership San Antonio Class (2013).