Transit News



Virginia Miller

On hearing the news that Therese McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), is leaving for a position at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reacted with hearty congratulations and good wishes for McMillan in her new position at LA Metro and thanks for a job well done at FTA.

“As the FTA Acting Administrator, Therese McMillan was a tremendous collaborator with the public transportation industry and an effective advocate for public transit in the Obama Administration,” said Valarie J. McCall, APTA Chair and board member of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. “Proof of her effectiveness are the budget levels for public transportation that were in the Administration’s Grow America proposals, President Obama’s 2017 budget submission, and the recently passed FAST Act.”

McCall also noted, that acting in the spirit of collaboration, “Therese McMillan and her staff were always accessible to APTA and were frequent participants at the APTA conferences where agency and business members could share their issues.  We will miss Therese, but congratulate and wish her much success in her new endeavor.”

APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy said, “As the head of FTA, Therese McMillan led the Obama Administration’s efforts on FAST Act and Congress passed the first surface transportation bill in 10 years. Additionally, APTA worked closely with her to improve the consistency and transparency of triennial reviews and the rulemaking process.”

“One final note, we are very appreciative of her strong support for APTA’s sustainability efforts,” said Melaniphy.  “We will miss working with her at FTA but are happy that she is staying in the public transit industry and will continue to use her leadership skills and extensive knowledge at LA Metro.”


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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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