Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Paul Cristina is the current Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA). Cristina was previously the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for DCTA, and was responsible for overseeing rail operations and capital planning and development for the agency. A licensed professional engineer, Cristina comes to DCTA from BNSF Railway where he led the company’s engagement with public agencies across the railroad’s extensive network, directing new infrastructure development and agreement execution for BNSF and the public. Cristina brings direct experience working with public and private railroads, regional transit agencies, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and other coalitions across North Texas. He is also an Air Force Veteran, having served as a Civil Engineer Officer at stateside and overseas locations. Cristina received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University - Panama City.