APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas issued the following statement on the confirmation of Ronald L. Batory as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and the nomination of Thelma Drake to be Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration:
“APTA and its more than 1,500 members congratulate Ronald Batory on his confirmation as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). He brings to his new role more than 45 years of leadership experience in the railroad industry. We look forward to working with him on critical issues facing our nation’s commuter rail systems, and wish him much success at FRA.
“Additionally, APTA congratulates Thelma Drake on being nominated to the position of Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). As the former director of Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2005–2009 , Drake has hands-on experience with public transportation issues at the city, state and national levels. We hope for a swift confirmation of this critical position.
“Both FRA and FTA are vital partners to APTA and the public transportation industry. We are eager to work with the leaders of both agencies on priorities that include safety and security, funding for the FAST Act, and an infrastructure initiative that addresses the $90 billion backlog in state of good repair work and sustainable solvency for the Highway Trust Fund and Mass Transit Account.”
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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.