April 13, 2009
2009 APTA - TRB Light Rail Conference Issue
Rogoff Nominated as FTA Administrator
On Wednesday, April 8, President Barack Obama nominated Peter M. Rogoff to be the Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration.
In introducing the day’s nominees, President Obama said: “At this crucial moment in our nation’s history, the American people will be well-served by the dedication and expertise of these fine public servants. I am grateful for their decision to serve, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
Rogoff has served for 22 years on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including 14 as the Democratic Staff Director of its Transportation Subcommittee. An acknowledged expert in federal infrastructure budgeting and finance, he held an active role in the financing of each of the last three comprehensive surface transportation reauthorization bills—dating back to the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991.
His knowledge of public transportation is extensive. He held a critical role in advising policy makers on the financing of dozens of new light rail and Bus Rapid Transit systems across the United States, as well as on Amtrak’s operating and capital needs, including the initiation and financing of high-speed Acela service. He has also been active in overseeing and reforming procurements in the Federal Aviation Administration, Coast Guard, FTA, and Federal Highway Administration.
Safety and security issues have long been important to Rogoff. He was instrumental in establishing new user fee regimes to finance expanded security measures following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and he has been centrally involved in efforts to strengthen safety inspections of substandard trucks, cargo vessels, and pipelines.
Rogoff is a recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award and the Lester P. Lamm Memorial Award for outstanding leadership and dedication to U.S. highway transportation programs. He holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College.
“We’ve been working for many years with Peter,” said APTA President William W. Millar. “He has a long and distinguished career in the transportation field, and we look forward to many more years of working with him as he takes on his new role.”