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Chad Chitwood

 APTA Announces New Executive Committee

 Peter Varga Elected Chair

Washington, D.C.- The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) today announced its 2013-2014 Executive Committee as voted by APTA members.  They will be introduced at the APTA Annual Meeting which is being held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Chicago.

The new APTA chair is Peter Varga, Chief Executive Officer of the Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid) in Grand Rapids, MI.  Varga succeeds Flora Castillo, Board Member, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT) of Newark, NJ.

“I am honored to serve as this year’s Chair as we head into an exciting new era for public transportation,” said Varga.  “More and more people of all ages are riding public transit and elected officials are recognizing that America's future is riding on public transportation. We need increased investment in public transportation to meet this growing demand and to make sure we stay globally competitive.”

Phillip A. Washington, General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO is the new vice chair, and Doran J. Barnes, executive director of Foothill Transit in West Covina, CA, continues as secretary-treasurer.

The executive committee members are:




Peter Varga
Chief Executive Officer
Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid)
Grand Rapids, MI

Vice Chair

Phillip Washington
CEO/General Manager
Regional Transportation District
Denver, CO



Doran J. Barnes
Executive Director
Foothill Transit
West Covina, CA 

Immediate Past Chair


Flora M. Castillo, CHIE
Board Member
New Jersey Transit Corporation
Newark, NJ

Executive Committee Members-at-Large


Christopher P. Boylan
Director, Governmental & Strategic Partnerships General Contractors Association of NY, Inc.
New York, NY


Ronald L. Epstein
Chief Financial Officer
New York State Department of Transportation
Albany, NY

Joseph J. Giulietti
Executive Director
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Pompano Beach, Fl

Huelon A. Harrison
Legacy Resource Group
Dallas, TX

Angela Iannuzziello, P.Eng. F.E.C.
Vice President, Canada National Transit
Market Sector Lead
Markham, ON

Paul C. Jablonski
Chief Executive Officer
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
San Diego, CA


Jeanne Krieg
Chief Executive Officer
Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority
Antioch, CA

Crystal Lyons
President and CEO
Crystal Fortune Lyons, LLC
Corpus Christi, TX

Reginald A. Mason
Senior Director of Transit Operations and Safety
CH2M Hill
Baltimore, MD


Dr. Valarie A. McCall
Member, Board of Trustees
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Cleveland, OH 

Gary W. McNeil
GO Transit
Toronto, ON

Rosa Navejar
The Rios Group, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX


Keith T. Parker
General Manager/Chief Executive Officer Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority  Atlanta, GA


Thomas F. Prendergast
Chairman and CEO
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
New York, NY

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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.


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