March 29, 2010
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New APTA Governance Process Approved
On March 14, APTA Chair M.P. Carter announced the completion of the voting process for major changes in APTA’s governance and committee structure. APTA’s membership overwhelmingly approved the changes to the bylaws, with nearly 99 percent of the votes received in favor.
The new governance model will affect this year’s nomination and election process, with nominations expected to open in June. Elections will occur in October at the 2010 APTA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX; the first new executive committee and board of directors will be seated at the end of the meeting.
The “new” APTA Board of Directors will include the executive committee, the top 20 dues-paying transit agencies, the top 10 dues-paying business members, chairs of approximately 26 designated committees (as determined by the board and the executive committee), and 30 members-at-large.
The position of regional director has been eliminated. Also, committees will no longer dictate selections for particular positions but instead will be encouraged to make recommendations to the nominating committee.
“We believe that these changed bylaws will make APTA even stronger,” Carter said. “I am delighted at the voting results. Our executive committee and board of directors will be invigorated with new voices, which will better equip APTA to maintain its effectiveness as the voice of public transportation as we move forward.”