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MTS CEO Paul Jablonski Dies

Metropolitan Transit System CEO Paul Jablonski, shown on March 4, 2019, talks about ways to improve travel times on the Mid-City Rapid 215 bus route that goes from San Diego State University to downtown.
Megan Wood
Metropolitan Transit System CEO Paul Jablonski, shown on March 4, 2019, talks about ways to improve travel times on the Mid-City Rapid 215 bus route that goes from San Diego State University to downtown.

The CEO of the Metropolitan Transit System, Paul Jablonski, died Sunday, MTS officials said.

Jablonski, 67, had more than a 40-year transit career and spent the last 16 years at MTS, said Rob Schupp of the MTS.

"We are shocked and saddened about the passing of Paul," MTS Board Chair and San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said. "He was a good man who not only ran a great agency, but was a respected national transit industry leader."

"The entire MTS family is grieving right now, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul's family," Fletcher said.

Deputy CEO Sharon Cooney will serve as the interim chief executive officer, Fletcher said.

Jablonski is survived by his wife, four children and grandchildren.