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New chairperson, strategies introduced at Expo opening session

Posted on October 6, 2008

The APTA Expo opening general session reviewed the accomplishments of the past year, including the passing of HR 6052, and upcoming challenges and opportunities.

During the “exchanging of the gavel” ceremony between the incoming and outgoing APTA chairs, Michael Townes introduced new chair Dr. Beverly A. Scott.

“We have an opportunity for advancing investment in public transit. We need to make our case and make it happen. I cannot say enough: these are not ordinary times. Economically, demographically, globally, this is a defining moment,” said Scott. She added that the industry needs to be inclusive and unified on authorization initiatives, and announced her plan to appoint a blue ribbon task force on workforce development.

Jim Simpson, FTA administrator, also addressed the audience, and pointed out the need for Congress to pass a new Reauthorization package, public private partnerships, and toll and congestion pricing. He also discussed innovative transit projects in India, the U.K., Greece and Poland.





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