Pasquale “Pat” T. Deon, Sr.
The recipient of the 2009 Ellipse Award is Pasquale “Pat” T. Deon, Sr., Chairman of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Pat led the SEPTA Board in restoring fiscal stability to the Authority, including balanced budgets for the several consecutive years as well as national awards for financial planning and budgeting. SEPTA gained this stability while becoming more efficient and more environmentally friendly each year. Pat is a proven leader in the growth of transportation infrastructure and service throughout the Keystone State. He is a champion for infrastructure reform having served as a member of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission since 2002. During Pat’s tenure as a Commissioner, the Turnpike has constructed 40 new miles of highway, made unprecedented investment in rebuilding its roadway and bridges, and has improved service to its customers. Pat’s ability to envision a safer and greener world and to lead the change needed to make those visions a reality are among the many reasons that he has been chosen as the recipient of the 2009 Ellipse Award.
Deon has served as SEPTA chairman since 1999 and has been a board member since 1996. He has overseen the completion of dozens of major initiatives, such as the rebuilding of the Market Street portion of the Market-Frankford Line and the purchase of new Silverliner V Regional Rail cars. He has also been a guiding force in the Authority's ongoing effort to implement a transformational new fare system as part of the New Payment Technology program.