Sound Transit announced it has hired Terri Mestas, who is leading the expansion of Los Angeles International Airport, to a new $600,000 position setting Seattle-area megaprojects back on track.

Mestas’ salary reflects an open wallet and an immediate need by 18 nonspecialist members of the transit board for a leader capable of steering the nation’s biggest transit expansion, already running years late, through relentless geographic and political obstacles.




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