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McMillan to Depart FTA for Los Angeles Metro

FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan announced her resignation to accept a position as chief planning officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro). McMillan is still scheduled to speak at APTA’s Legislative Conference. (See following story.)

“Therese McMillan was a tremendous collaborator with the public transportation industry and an effective advocate for public transit in the Obama administration,” said APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall, board member, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. “Proof of her effectiveness are the budget levels for public transportation that were in the administration’s Grow America proposals, President Obama’s 2017 budget submission and the recently passed FAST Act.”

McCall added, “Therese McMillan and her staff were always accessible to APTA and were frequent participants at the APTA conferences where agency and business members could share their issues. We will miss Therese, but congratulate and wish her much success in her new endeavor.”

APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy said, “As the head of FTA, Therese McMillan led the Obama administration’s efforts on FAST Act and Congress passed the first surface transportation bill in 10 years. Additionally, APTA worked closely with her to improve the consistency and transparency of triennial reviews and the rulemaking process.

“We are very appreciative of her strong support for APTA’s sustainability efforts,” Melaniphy added. “We will miss working with her at FTA but are happy that she is staying in the public transit industry and will continue to use her leadership skills and extensive knowledge at LA Metro.”

McMillan joined FTA in 2009 as deputy administrator. Previously, she was deputy executive director-policy at the San Francisco Bay Area Region’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
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