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July 6, 2009

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July 10 Webinar Focuses on APTA Governance Proposal

APTA invites and encourages its members to participate in a July 10 webinar that will describe recommended changes in the make-up of the association’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The webinar—hosted by the co-chairs of the Governance and Committee Structure Task Force, Sharon Greene, APTA vice chair-business members and principal of Sharon Greene & Associates, and Michael Townes, APTA’s immediate past chair and president and chief executive officer of Hampton Roads Transit—will begin at noon Eastern Daylight Time and is expected to last 90 minutes.

Members wishing to participate in the free webinar are asked to register in advance. It is open to all interested APTA members.

“We got some terrific questions and suggestions at a listening session held for APTA members on June 16 in Chicago,” Greene said, “and we’re looking forward to more great input during the webinar. Our task force continues to refine the details of the proposal that we will be giving the APTA Executive Committee at the end of July, and comments and suggestions from all segments of the APTA membership are important to us.”

The proposal for the APTA Executive Committee recommends changing the current vice chair positions to at-large positions for which candidates would run without portfolio, as well as the number of positions and changing the length of their terms from three years to two. The proposed changes to the APTA Board of Directors include adding the chairs of 25 of APTA’s committees to the board and reallocating the distribution of the current seats on the board. The webinar will include full details of the task force proposal, which were also covered in the May 25 issue of Passenger Transport.

“We believe that these changes will better position our association to lead the industry in the future as it works towards realizing TransitVision 2050, and to make it more effective in addressing current issues,” Townes noted. “As we look towards the future, strengthening the role of our committees and engaging all sectors of our membership in the governance process is important. These proposals help us cultivate the new leadership that we will need in the years ahead and create a structure that will bring the best talent forward to lead APTA in the future.”

At the Chicago listening session on the governance structure held during the APTA Rail Conference, participants said they believe the proposal would allow more people the opportunity to be on the Executive Committee, rather than keeping the same people involved year after year. They liked the idea of executive committee members with no portfolio, and suggested limiting Executive Committee members from running again for at least two years after completing their terms unless the committee members are running for first vice chair or secretary-treasurer.

Also during the session, APTA members said the proposal will give much more responsibility to the Nominating Committee and asked for better definitions of the new composition of the Board of Directors, the nomination process, and which committee chairs would have seats on the board.

The APTA Executive Committee created the Governance and Committee Structure Task Force to examine APTA’s governance and committee structure and recommend how best to align APTA’s organizational structure with the sweeping multi-modal vision of TransitVision 2050 and the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. Task force recommendations will require approval by both the APTA Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. The APTA membership must approve any proposed changes to APTA’s bylaws.

APTA members will need a computer and phone to participate in the webinar. They will have an opportunity to submit questions on the proposed changes to APTA’s governance structure during the webinar, or they can submit them in advance.

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