Roger Snoble, chief of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for seven years, plans to announce his retirement today.

His decision comes as the agency steps into a new era with voter-approved Measure R, a 30-year, half-cent sales tax to generate $30 to $40 billion for transportation projects across Los Angeles county.

Snoble, 63, was hired in 2001 from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit District, where he served as president for seven years.

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