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May 25, 2009

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Executive Committee Approves Next Steps in APTA Governance and Committee Review

In an effort to create more balance and leadership opportunities in the organization, the APTA Executive Committee’s Governance and Committee Structure (GCS) Task Force will soon propose several reforms to APTA’s governance structure, including the way APTA’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors are selected.

Under the draft proposal, the Executive Committee would be composed of 15 members. The positions of chair, first vice chair, immediate past chair, and secretary-treasurer would continue much as they do now. However, instead of drawing additional vice chairs from particular areas of APTA (such as Research and Technology, Human Resources, or Rail Transit, for example), the plan would include 11 Executive Committee members, who would serve in an at-large capacity.

The plan would provide greater balance in the number of public and private members. The secretary-treasurer and the 11 at-large members would be selected to ensure eight members are chosen from the public sector and four from the private sector. Among the public members, transit professionals and transit board members would be balanced.

The plan would change the APTA Board of Directors as well. Directors would continue to be designated for the highest-dues-paying transit members, but spots for the highest-dues-paying business members would be added. Regional seats on the Board would continue, but regional boundaries would be redrawn to create more balanced regional constituencies. To strengthen the link with APTA committees, the chairs of certain APTA standing committees would have seats on the Board.

Listening sessions on the draft proposal will be held at the Rail Conference on Tuesday, June 16, at 2:30 p.m. and at the Transit Board Members Seminar on Tuesday, July 21. An informational webinar will also be scheduled. Questions and comments can be sent to GCS Task Force Co-Chairs Michael Townes, APTA’s immediate past chair and president and chief executive officer of Hampton Roads Transit, and APTA’s vice chair-business members, Sharon Greene, principal of Sharon Greene & Associates, or to any member of the GCS Task Force, or may be e-mailed.

Background
APTA’s TransitVision 2050 report was adopted by the Board of Directors in October 2008. The major changes it envisions will broaden and transform how public transportation is organized and how its services are delivered. In leading the industry through these changes, APTA itself needs to evolve in the issues it embraces, the way it is organized and governed, and the leaders it turns to in positioning the industry to be successful in the coming decades.

With that in mind, the Executive Committee created the Framework for the Future Task Force, to examine the implications of TransitVision 2050 for APTA. Led by John B. Bartosiewicz of McDonald Transit Associates, George F. Dixon III of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, and Leslie R. White of the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, the task force reported its recommendations to the Executive Committee in October 2008. In November, the Executive Committee established the Governance and Committee Structure Task Force, charged with recommending how best to align APTA’s organizational structure with the sweeping and multi-modal vision of TransitVision 2050. The task force is led by Townes and Greene. Its members are drawn from a broad cross-section of our association, including transit system and business members, large and small properties, and numerous past APTA chairs.

The GCS Task Force presented its interim report to the Executive Committee on May 2, which directed that task force to finalize its plans, seek input from the APTA Board of Directors and membership, and report its final proposal to the Executive Committee by July 31.

Additional goals of the GCS Task Force are to improve the balance between public and private members in APTA governance; create a stronger role for committee leadership; develop clear pathways to leadership positions; promote the entry of a wider array of members into APTA’s governance; and devise a structure to bring the best talent forward to lead APTA into the future. Following the Executive Committee’s mandate earlier this month to proceed, the GCS Task Force will develop bylaw changes and other reforms needed to implement its proposal.

APTA Chair Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., general manager and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, said she wants APTA members to take time to understand the proposed changes. She also wants to hear their views so she and the Executive Committee can refine the plan by late summer, so that a formal proposal can be presented to the APTA Board of Directors in time for consideration at its Oct. 3 board meeting. If the plan is approved by the Board, a vote of the general membership to change the bylaws and implement this new governance structure would then be held.

“Organizations such as APTA must always be ready to adapt to emerging strategic priorities,” said Scott. “I encourage members to share their thoughts with us, so that we can ensure a smooth, successful transition to the APTA of tomorrow. Our goal is to provide our members with more opportunities to lead our association and our industry in this exciting time for public transportation.”

Governance & Committee Structure Task Force Members
Sharon Greene (co-chair)
Principal
Sharon Greene and Associates

Michael S. Townes (co-chair)
President/Chief Executive Officer
Hampton Roads Transit

Paul J. Ballard
Chief Executive Officer
Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority

John P. Bartosiewicz
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
McDonald Transit Associates, Inc.

Christopher P. Boylan
Deputy Executive Director, Corporate Affairs & Communications
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Mattie P. Carter
Commissioner
Memphis Area Transit Authority

Flora M. Castillo
Board Member
New Jersey Transit Corporation

Diana Chang
Senior Management Analyst
Culver CityBus

George F. Dixon III
President
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.
Executive Director/CEO
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Kim R. Green
President
GFI GENFARE

Dr. Delon Hampton, Ph.D., P.E.
Chairman
Delon Hampton & Associates, Chartered

Shirley Harris
Board Member
San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans)

Celia G. Kupersmith
General Manager
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District

Michael P. Melaniphy
Vice President, Public Sector
Motor Coach Industries, Inc.

William R. Mooney
Chief Operating Officer
Chicago Transit Authority

Hugh A. Mose
General Manager
Centre Area Transportation Authority

Jennifer A. Paul
Marketing Manager
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority

Jerome C. Premo
Executive Vice President
DMJM Harris, An AECOM Company

Howard Silver
Board Member
Golden Empire Transit District

David L. Turney
President and Chief Executive Officer
RTI, Inc. (A DRI Company)

Gary M. Webster
Chief General Manager
Toronto Transit Commission

Leslie R. White
General Manager
Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District

Richard A. White
Executive Vice President
DMJM Harris, an AECOM Company

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