City's Rina Cutler named top transport leader

Rina Cutler, Philadelphia’s deputy mayor for transportation and public utilities, has been named 2011 public works leader of the year by American City and County Magazine.

The magazine cited Cutler’s leadership in reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, addition of bike lanes to many Philadelphia streets, renovations of airport terminals, creation of an airport cellphone parking lot, and improved recycling rates.

The magazine said “Cutler guided the city through an extraordinary year that ranged from the monumental, like the South Street Bridge project, to the exotic, like the installation of solar-powered compacting litter baskets from Newton, Mass.-based BigBelly Solar. But through it all ran a consistent theme of change and improvement.”

Cutler, a former PennDot official, was appointed to her current position by Mayor Nutter in 2008.

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