The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) named Linda C. Ford as chief counsel, effective Jan. 9, 2017.

Ford has worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) for the last 16 years, serving in the U.S. DOT's Office of General Counsel and Federal Transit

Administration's (FTA) Office of Chief Counsel. She currently serves as associate administrator of the FTA's Office of Civil Rights.

"I am very pleased to announce that Linda Ford will be joining APTA as chief counsel," said APTA Acting President and CEO Richard A. White. "Her extensive expertise in legal and policy matters and her hands-on experience at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration will be an asset to APTA as we work to advance public transportation."

"This is an exciting opportunity to join APTA," said Linda Ford. "I am looking forward to continuing my work with the public transit industry in this new capacity."

Prior to joining the U.S. DOT, Ford held legal and law judge positions in Indiana.