“On behalf of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and its 1,500 member organizations, I wish to extend my hearty congratulations to Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), who has been recognized by Governing Magazine as one of nine ‘2015 Public Officials of the Year.’
Joe is well regarded in the public transportation industry and is always willing to share his knowledge and expertise. Joe is the longest serving general manager at a U.S. multimodal public transit system, leading RTA for 15 years. APTA gave RTA the Outstanding Public Transportation Award in 2007. The next year, Joe received the 2008 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award.
Thanks to his leadership, the bus rapid transit (BRT) line, the Healthline, is a tremendous success that has generated $6 billion in economic success. When people think of BRT, they think of Cleveland. Governing Magazine said that Cleveland ‘has the best bus rapid transit system in the country.’
I agree with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s nominating statement, ‘Joe Calabrese has become one of the most credible voices in the public transportation industry. That’s why his expertise has been called upon at every level, including Congressional hearings, as he encourages national energy security, promotes environmental initiatives, and advocates for increases in transit funding. We would be wise to heed his advice.’”
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.