May 25, 2009
See numerous senior transit positions — including two CEOs, one assistant general manager, and a senior vice president — in today's Classifieds.
APTA Budget Approved; Dues Remain the Same for Third Consecutive Year
At its meeting in May, the APTA Executive Committee approved the APTA budget and business plan for Fiscal Year 2010, which begins July 1. Reflecting the difficult economy and members’ need to control costs, the $26.5 million APTA budget contains numerous cost-cutting measures and keeps membership dues at the same rate for the third consecutive year.
APTA’s legislative, advocacy, and outreach efforts remain a high priority in the budget since many important issues, including authorization of the transportation bill, climate change/energy legislation, and high-speed rail, are on the agenda for Congress and the Administration this year.
The austere budget includes no salary increases for APTA employees, an increase in employee health care contributions and other employee benefit reductions, while generally maintaining member program and service levels. With the aim of maintaining the high quality of conferences and workshops, the budget includes, for the first time in three years, nominal increases in certain program and meeting registration fees.
“This budget is a responsible budget that reflects the same kinds of hard choices we are making in our organizations,” says APTA Chair Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D. “APTA staff and the Executive Committee worked hard to develop a budget that has no dues increase but continues to provide a high level of service to our members.”