Capitol Hill veteran Ward W. McCarragher joins the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) as Vice President of Government Affairs, effective today.
McCarragher has served as Majority/Minority Chief Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for the past 20 years. Prior to that, he served as Minority Counsel for the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and the Subcommittee on Economic Development and Public Buildings. In these roles, he has been directly involved in negotiating, drafting and supporting each of the public transit titles of the surface transportation legislation for the past 25 years, starting with TEA 21 and up to and including the FAST Act.
“We are very pleased that Ward is joining APTA to lead our government affairs efforts,” said Paul P. Skoutelas, APTA President and CEO. “His experience and expertise will be an asset as we work with Congress and the Administration to advance public transportation.”
McCarragher is taking over the position from Robert Healy, who is retiring after 29 years at APTA. Healy will remain on board until June to ensure a smooth transition.
“Rob has been a stalwart advocate for the public transportation industry,” said Skoutelas. “We thank him for his decades of service and will miss his wit and wisdom.”
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are 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.