augusta free press news

New chief of rail named at Virginia DRPT

virginiaPeter Burrus has joined the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) in the newly-created position of Chief of Rail Transportation.  In this role, Mr. Burrus will provide executive leadership and strategic management in the development and execution of all DRPT freight and passenger rail transportation initiatives. Mr. Burrus is a native of Richmond, Virginia and returns to his hometown after working for CSX Transportation for over 25 years.

During his tenure at CSX, Mr. Burrus held a number of senior management positions, serving most recently as Assistant Vice President, Network Operations Locomotive Management.  His prior positions within the company include General Manager for the Nashville Division, General Manager for the Chicago Division, Superintendent of Operations for the Florence Division, and General Manager of Network Operations. While in Nashville, Mr. Burrus took the Division from a last place safety performance position into a three-time winner of the prestigious CSX Chairman of the Board’s Safety Pinnacle Award.  He also led a system-wide pilot program called “Service Excellence,” which was designed to improve the customer service experience.

Mr. Burrus holds a B.A. in English from the College of Wooster and an M.B.A. from Marshall University.