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Michael Scanlon (2016)
Daniel T. Scannell (2000)
Herbert J. Scheuer (1987)
Dr. Beverly Scott (2020)
Victor Sharman (1988)
Bernard Shatzkin (1985)
Carlton Sickles (2005)
Richard Simonetta (2013)
John Duncan Simpson (1992)
Robert Sloan (1984)
Roger Snoble (2011)
Virendra K. (Vic) Sood (2005)
Frank Julian Sprague (1995)
Alan Sterland (1989)
Edward R. Stokel (1991)
B.R. Stokes (1996)
Harley L. Swift (1985)
Erland A. Tillman (1990)
Ronald J. Tober (2014)
Paul A. Toliver (2019)
Michael S. Townes (2019)
Carmen Turner (1992)
With nearly 50 years of leadership and influcne in the public transportation industry, Mike Scanlon has been a drum major for his industry and for APTA, promoting the influence of the association within and without the transportation business and advancing cooperation, collegiality, inter-agency partnerships, and the unique place our industry holds in the lives of the people and communities we serve.
Daniel T. Scannell
A leader of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority for more than 45 years, in both management and governance.
Herbert J. Scheuer
A recipient of the Jesse L. Haugh Award as “individual of the year” and a lifetime transit careerist, serving APTA and its predecessors.
Dr. Beverly Scott
Dr. Beverly Scott is recognized as a trailblazer, a thoughtful and inspirational leader and a passionate advocate for the betterment of the public transportation industry through her efforts to ensure training and opportunities are made available to young and disadvantaged individuals, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in their own right. Scott has held key leadership roles in some of North America’s largest public transportation systems in Texas; New York, NY; New Jersey; Washington, DC; Rhode Island; California; Georgia; and Massachusetts. Her dedicated service to APTA dates to the earliest stages of her career. She has been a tireless advocate for the association and has served on many committees, including as APTA chair, chair of the Legislative Committee, Diversity Council and Award’s Committee, to name a few.
A Vancouver transit professional for over 40 years, from rail to bus and the high-tech “Skytrain” rapid transit system.
A respected legal expert in the transportation field who helped bring about the birth of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board member for almost 32 years, he was a dedicated champion for a rapid transit system in our nation’s capital for 50 years. He is remembered fondly as the “Father of Metro.”
With a career dedicated to diversity and mentoring, Rick Simonetta’s 42 year transit career advanced quickly from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Denver, Ann Arbor and Columbus. Active in APTA, he served as Secretary-Treasurer and Vice Chair and was elected APTA Chair in 1994. Simonetta led MARTA during the 1996 Olympics and was named APTA’s 1997 Transit Manager of the Year. In 2003, he led Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix as it build its first light rail line.
John Duncan Simpson
A leader of the industry, president of the New York City Transit Authority and chief executive at the Denver RTD and Fluor Corporation.
A respected transit leader whose 44-year transit career culminated with 10 years as APTA’s executive vice president.
Roger Snoble’s career in public transportation systems spans four and a half decades. As CEO at public transit systems in San Diego, Dallas, and Los Angeles, he was a national transportation leader, not only for managing top public transit systems, but for initiating innovative funding strategies and transportation projects designed to keep pace with regional growth.
Virendra K. (Vic) Sood
Providing vision and leadership to the transit industry at the state and federal levels for 32 years, he was personally responsible for the creation of two transit agencies: Community Transit, Snohomish County, WA, and Livermore/Amador Valley Transit Authority, Livermore, CA.
Frank Julian Sprague
The “father of electric traction” in the early 1900s, whose technology and power principles became the industry standard.
An executive at Motorola Communications and Electronics, Inc., who integrated Business Members into APTA’s mainstream activities.
Edward R. Stokel
General Motors’ “Mr. Bus” for over 40 years, who brought a host of “firsts” to the industry including the RTS vehicle.
The chief architect of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District and first executive vice president of APTA, a 37-year professional.
Harley L. Swift
A respected transit leader who helped found the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh and served as American Transit Association president.
Erland A. Tillman
A transit construction expert who for over 45 years worked in all phases of engineering management, logistics planning, and support.
Ronald J. Tober
Ronald Tober has worked for 45 years in the field of public transportation as a planner, manager, and chief executive. During his career he has had many exceptional achievements that have contributed to the advancement of public transportation and APTA.
Paul A. Toliver
Paul Toliver has worked at several public transit systems throughout his career and, under his leadership, Seattle Metro was honored as the best transit system in 1991, and he was named APTA’s Outstanding Manager of the Year in 1999. Throughout Paul’s four decades in the public transportation industry, he has been an active supporter of APTA, serving on the executive committee as vice president of management and finance, the Transit Board Members Committee and the Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee.
One of the highlights of Paul’s career was co-authoring and co-presenting a paper at the 1992 Annual Meeting of the IVHS Society (now the Intelligent Transportation Society of America) describing a concept of using new, advanced computer technology coupled with cellphones to improve ridesharing, which has evolved into Uber/Lyft type services today.
Michael S. Townes
During his 38-year career in public transportation, Michael S. Townes has been recognized as a leader and industry legislative advocate. Townes served in many roles at APTA, chairing the association from 2007-2008. He held leadership roles at public transit systems in Stockton, CA, and Norfolk and Hampton, VA. During his 11 years as chief executive officer of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), he successfully obtained more than $280 million to build a light rail system in Norfolk, the first such system in Virginia. Upon leaving HRT, he continued his career in the private sector.
Michael also held many leadership roles in transportation, including chairman of the Mineta Transportation Institute Board of Trustees and chairman of the TRB Executive Committee. He was appointed by Gov. George Allen in 1996 to Virginia’s Specialized Transportation Committee and by Gov. Tim Kaine in 2007 to the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change.
Other honors Michael has received include APTA’s Women in Transit Committee Achievement Award and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Executive of the Year Award.
WMATA’s general manger whose tact, diplomacy, and resolve led to the federal commitment to the Metrorail system.