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The APTA Awards Hall of Fame began in 1983 and this special honor is reserved for individuals who have long and distinguished careers in the industry; who have made extraordinary contr​ibutions to public transportation; and who have actively participated in APTA activities.

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  Joe Alexander (2008)
With over 30 years of vision and commitment to the public transportation industry, Joe Alexander made many lasting contributions to public transportation in the metropolitan Washington area. His expertise and political savvy were instrumental in making the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, and Virginia Railway Express the successful transit systems they are today.

John C. Baine (1986)
An organizer of the National City Management Company who headed the American Transit Association and the Institute of Rapid Transit.



Leonard W. Bardsley (1986)
A brilliant engineer with 35 years at the Toronto Transit Commission, who pioneered the development of 75-foot lightweight subway cars.


Wilbur P. Barnes (1991)
A model general manager dedicated to quality service, who was instrumental in the formation of transit systems in Pittsburgh and Florida.


George E. Benson (1997
An elected official for 20 years with strong support for transit issues in the Seattle/King County region, preserving the past while aiding the future.


Keith Bernard (1996)
A general manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District who achieved numerous innovative breakthroughs.


Lloyd G. Berney (1989)
A leader, teacher, and innovator whose name for almost four decades was synonymous with the Toronto Transit Commission. 


Peter Bigwood (1997)
A vice president of engineering for Bus Industries of America who had a knack for identifying transit needs in North America.


Alan L. Bingham (1990)
An energetic and visionary innovator dedicated to improving transit at all levels; founder of the Bay Area Regional Transit Association.


Robert M. Brown (1994)
A mentor to his colleagues who served 30 years as general counsel in Pittsburgh and helped create the APTA Legal Affairs Committee.


Robert Buchanan (1996)
A tireless transit executive whose distinguished 44-year career included directing APTA’s membership and meetings.


Fred B. Burke (1986)
A specialist in the federal legislative process who played a key role in procuring and increasing federal transit capital and operating assistance.


S.A. (Syl) Caria (1991)
An American Transit Association president with 45 years of service to the private sector, public agencies, and transit management companies.

​John B. Catoe, Jr. (2016)
For more than three decades John B. Catoe, Jr. has contributed greatly to the delivery and enhancement of public transportation offerings throught the U.S.  Under his leadership, improvements to trans¬portation infrastructures have been realized, transit services now reach more areas and serve greater numbers of passen¬gers, and fiscal responsibility has been restored. Throughout his career, John has championed inclusion, empowered diverse workforces to become our leaders of tomorrow, and aggressively encouraged participation in APTA.​

James A. Caywood (1989)
A distinguished 44-year transit professional, serving as project manager of Washington’s Metro and heading De Leuw, Cather & Company.

Hector Chaput (1984)
A transit leader whose engineering, planning, and design efforts resulted in the construction of an efficeint and growing system in Ottawa.


Henry C. Church (1997)
A transit professional and mentor recognized throughout the industry for managing the transit system in Richmond for 28 years.


Peter Cipolla (2012)
With more than 35 years of experience, Peter Cipolla has made a lasting impact mentoring industry leadership and managing public transit systems in Denver, CO; Lexington, KY; San Jose, CA; and Wilmington, DE. Active in APTA, he served as APTA chair and sat on the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and the Business Member Board of Governors. Today he continues his work at Hatch Mott MacDonald.


Edgar A. Claffey (1987)
A prominent transit figure at the local, state, and national levels who served as president of the American Transit Association.


George J. Clark (1984)
A transit innovator whose 39 years in Chicago included the introduction of many standards and procedures widely used throughout the industry.


Carmack Cochran (1983)
An architect of the efforts to enact the federal transit aid program that provided the first ongoing federal funding mechanism for transit.


Robert M. Coultas (1989)
A transit expert and administrator whose 37-year career culminated at the Institute for Rapid Transit and APTA, where he served as executive director.


Leo J. Cusick (1983)
A dedicated professional who spent his entire career improving transit in New York, Chicago, Boston, Kansas City, and the nation.


Lawrence D. Dahms (2003)
A visionary who tirelessly promoted balanced transportation and partnerships, his greatest legacy may be the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s continued success in coordinating the San Francisco Bay Area’s multimodal transportation system.


John A. Dash (1998)
A labor relations consultant for over 50 years; instrumental in developing a farebox formula on passenger loss resulting from fare increases.


Jan den Oudsten (2004)
With 50 years of service in the bus industry, including serving as founder and president of New Flyer of America, he was a significant contributor to the transit industry worldwide. His vision for low floor designed buses became an industry standard.


Robert G. Decker (1992)
A 36-year transit executive who played a key role in the post-World War II modernization of transit in Buffalo and New York City.

  Shirley A. DeLibero (2006)
The “Queen of Transit” has spent 30 years leading public transportation agencies and improving services around the country. She served as APTA chair from 1998-1999 and also led APTA’s Task Force for Mobility in the 21st Century. She was the 1996 recipient of the APTA Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award.

Henry R. DeTournay (1988)
A force in transit for 50 years with the American Transit Corporation, instituting sound management practices at transit systems.

Rod Diridon, Sr. (2014)
During a more than 35-year career, Rod Diridon, Sr., appreciates rail’s linchpin niche in the nation’s transportation network.  He began his elected career in 1971 as a 31-year-old city council member followed by 20 years, six times chair, of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Transit Board. Diridon chaired APTA, the Bay area’s three regional agencies, and was UITP vice chair.  He is especially proud of cofounding the APTA Diversity Council supporting women and minorities.



James W. Donaghy (1993)
A dedicated transit executive whose career spanned four decades, whose legacy is present in the numerous managers he trained nationwide.


Georges G. Donato (1988)
A recognized expert in rapid transit facilities and design, construction, maintenance, and safety of rail and bus facilities.


Walter S. Douglas (1984)
A leading architect of the U.S. rail rapid transit renaissance who led the development of transit systems in the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere.


Wilfred E.P. Duncan (1985)
A transit professional who spearheaded the construction of Canada’s first subway and dedicated his life to the advancement of transit.


John A. Dyer, Ph.D. (2004)
He was nationally recognized for his leadership and vision if developing successful transit systems. As CEO of the Transportation Administration in Metropolitan Dade County, he spearheaded the development of Miami’s Metro Rail and Metro Mover systems. He is also considered the father of the Los Angeles Metro Rail system.


Albert Engelken (1999)
A longtime APTA employee responsible for the Bus Operators’ Roadeo, Transit Appreciation Day, and the AdWheel award contest.

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