Scott A. Sauer keeps others on the move in the Delaware Valley. Literally. The 2003 Delaware County Community College graduate ensures game fans from across the region are efficiently shuttled to the stadiums, and others to work, stores, and entertainment venues.
Sauer is the Chief Operating Officer for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the sixth-largest mass transit agency in the United States.
Sauer, DCCC’s recipient of the 2022 Alumni Professional Achievement Award for 32 years of service at SEPTA will be the keynote speaker for graduation ceremonies on May 19.
In 1990, he started his journey with SEPTA, learning some of its routes as a surface train operator and a light rail and bus operator. Three years later, he learned new routes operating subway/elevated trains.
Over time, Sauer stepped into several management roles. He faced his biggest management challenge when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Sauer and others found ways to keep SETPA’s wheels rolling when ridership dropped nearly 90%, and thousands of his employees called out because they were sick or tested positive for the virus.
He has planned for happier times, too. In 2018, the SEPTA service helped nearly 500-thousand people travel into Center City for the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Championship Parade and other special events in and around Philadelphia.
Sauer’s has many responsibilities to keep 2,845 passenger buses, subway, light rail, trolleybus, Regional Rail, and ADA Paratransit and Shared Ride programs rolling on 152 routes in Philadelphia, the adjacent counties, and parts of New Jersey and Delaware.
His division also plans to install new multi-level rail cars, modernize SEPTA’s trolley program, and manage a capital program for maintaining and repairing vehicles, improving facilities, upgrading fleets, and improving station accessibility.
As a Certified Safety Professional and accident investigator, Sauer developed and implemented agency safety, emergency management, and accident and illness prevention plans at SEPTA.
Mr. Sauer graduated with an Associate in Science in Business Administration from Delaware County Community College in 2003. After graduating, he later went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2006 and a Master in Science in Environmental Protection and Safety Management from Saint Joseph’s University in 2009. He is also a second-generation transit professional following in the footsteps of his late father, who spent 30 years delivering transit services for the Philadelphia Transportation Company and SEPTA before retiring in 1995.
By Lauren Keatley