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American Public Transportation Association

 Risk Management Committee

The Risk Management Committee is made up of transit risk managers, safety professionals, insurance brokers and other industry professionals who have an interest in managing or addressing risk-related issues and topics within the transit industry.  With over one hundred members from across the US within a variety of industries, the Committee is currently led by:

  • Chair: Joan Lynch of Harris, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston
  • Vice Chair: Mark A. Emmons of Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo)
  • Secretary: James Keane of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York
  • Immediate Past Chair: Susan V. Lockwood of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
  • Staff Advisor: Dennis Lytton, APTA 

The officers' terms run for a period of three (3) years with elections being held at the Committee's meeting during the annual Risk Management Seminar and voted on by the attending membership at the Committee meeting.

Our key annual event is the Risk Management Seminar, where attendees exchange and share information on ways that risk and associated factors are being addressed within their respective agencies or organizations.  Speakers from various industries, including our own membership present on a variety of topics which are always current and relevant to Risk Management.  Sessions touch on but are not limited to insurance and insurance market trends/conditions, safety, technology, compliance and governance, legal and tort issues, and industry best practices.  It is the mission of the committee to always deliver the most current and advanced information to its membership.  The Seminar always includes a “Roundtable” discussion which is conducted in open forum for attendees to raise questions, concerns and issues that are not addressed in the seminar sessions, or to add to and request further information on those sessions. The Risk Management Committee is recognized to be made up of subject matter experts and veteran industry professionals that are from time to time called upon to participate in cutting-edge studies, benchmarking and surveys, lead training, webinars, panels and councils. Committee members and panels from this committee are often called upon to assist in formulating relevant framework for these activities and work with organizations dedicated to reporting these analytics. The Committee has participated in multiple annual insurance surveys and most recently been the founding base for a Public Transit Benchmarking Survey conducted in conjunction with Aon, due out late 2016 or early 2017.

This APTA group is the only one focused strictly on the elements of Risk Management. We hope you will consider joining our committee, and we look forward to seeing you in at our Risk Management Seminar in Albany, New York from June 12-15.


 Committee Contacts



Joan Lynch
telephone (713) 652-7937

Staff Advisor

Dennis Lytton
telephone (202) 496-4857

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