Dick Ruddell served as Superintendent of Transportation for the Wichita Kansas Transit Authority from 1977 until 1984 and the General Manager of the Topeka Transit Authority from 1984 until 1989. Mr. Ruddell directed the Toledo Ohio Regional Transit Authority from 1989 until 2003. While in Toledo, Mr. Ruddell served for 4 years as the Chair of the Legislative Committee of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and was elected and served for 3 years as Vice Chair for Government Relations on the APTA Executive Committee. While in Ohio, Mr. Ruddell also served many years on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Public Transit Association and was elected its President for one term.
Mr. Ruddell served as President and Executive Director of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, from 2003 until 2013. While at Fort Worth, Mr. Ruddell oversaw the startup of the first BRT service in Texas, called The SPUR, started the Bike Share program for Fort Worth, and began the environmental study for a new Commuter Rail service between Fort Worth and DFW Airport. Mr. Ruddell served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Transit Association (SWTA), a regional association representing transit interests in 8 southwestern states and served 2 years as President of SWTA.