The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced its 2012-2013 Executive Committee as voted by APTA members on Monday.
The new chair of APTA is Flora M. Castillo, Board Member of the New Jersey Transit Corporation in Newark, N.J. Castillo is APTA’s first Latina chair. Appointed by the governor to the NJ TRANSIT Board in 1999, she has been reappointed by three governors and currently chairs the NJ TRANSIT Customer Service, Safety and Security Committee, and oversees a combined capital and operating budget of nearly $3 billion. Castillo succeeds Gary C. Thomas, president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit of Dallas.
“Public transportation was an important lifeline for my family when I was young growing up in El Salvador. That is one of the reasons I am so passionate about public transportation, the people it serves, and the employees who keep the systems operating,” said Castillo. “A key APTA initiative in the next year will be the development of the next generation of public transportation leaders and workers so that we are prepared to meet the growing demand for public transit in the future.”
Peter Varga, chief executive officer of the Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid) in Grand Rapids, Mich., is the new vice chair, and Doran J. Barnes, executive director of Foothill Transit in West Covina, Calif., is the new secretary-treasurer.
The executive committee members are:
Flora M. Castillo, CHIE
New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT)
Chief Executive Officer
Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid)
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Doran J. Barnes
West Covina, Calif.
Immediate Past Chair
Gary C. Thomas
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
2012-2013 Executive Committee Members-at-Large
David J. Armijo
Ronald L. Epstein
Chief Financial Officer
New York State Department of Transportation
Joseph J. Giulietti
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Pompano Beach, Fla.
Legacy Resources Group
Vice President, Canada National Transit Market Sector Lead
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
New York, N.Y.
Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority
Corpus Christi, Texas
Reginald A. Mason
Senior Director of Transit Operations and Safety
Greater Peoria Mass Transit District
Gary W. McNeil
Metrolinx (GO Transit)
Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T)
Fort Worth, Texas
Phillip A. Washington
Regional Transportation District
Charles R. Wochele
Vice President, Industry & Government Relations
ALSTOM Transportation Inc.
West Henrietta, N.Y.
Alan C. Wulkan