Richard Stanger came to Los Angeles in 1983 to manage the planning of its Proposition A rail system for the then Los Angeles County Transportation Authority. By the end of the decade he was its Director of Rail Development responsible for not only rail planning but rail contracts management, contract compliance, real estate, and legal services. He was lead negotiator during the purchase by the LACTC/MTA of many railroad rights-of-way in the early 1990s.
Working closely with other Southern California counties, Mr. Stanger directed the planning, building, and operation of the five-county Metrolink system as its Executive Director. He left Metrolink in 1999 and became a transit consultant working on a number of light rail, commuter rail, and subway projects over the next dozen years. He is now retired.
He and Charmaine Soo live in Venice where he is active in citizen groups trying to protect its special character. He is also a long-time volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.