APTA promotes an inclusive culture that supports and celebrates the unique attributes and perspectives of its individual members, allowing each and every person to make their fullest contribution to the industry. APTA defines diversity as the inclusion of differences and similarities from all categories of members and covers such areas as disability, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, race and geographic origin, size of transit property or business member organization, all of which contribute to the fulfillment of APTA’s mission.
Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan
APTA Racial Equity Action Plan:
To that end, APTA has created the APTA Racial Equity Action Plan to engage and support APTA members in their racial equity efforts. The goal is to create transformational change within the transit industry and to promote public transportation services that ensure racial equity, fair access to opportunities, and mobility justice, particularly in underserved communities. The Racial Equity Action Plan is an integral priority of APTA’s broader Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, which implements our association’s Diversity & Inclusion Policy Statement (above).
Racial Equity Commitment Pilot Program
As a key component of APTA’s Racial Equity Action Plan, APTA has launched a Racial Equity Commitment Pilot Program. The Commitment Program provides a tangible roadmap for APTA members on how to advance racial equity at an organizational level. The two-year pilot commenced in May 2022 with 84 APTA member organizations participating. Following the two-year pilot, APTA will publish a report with analysis of the initial experience and re-launch the program for additional APTA member participation incorporating recommendations from the pilot. Here is a comprehensive description of the pilot program, a one-page summary and the list of participating APTA member organizations.
APTA’s live and on-demand series aims to elevate equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in public transit. This APTAU offering is free to all APTA members.
DEI Resource Hub
Below you will find sample Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policies and plans from within and outside of the industry, as well as Equity Assessment Tools, and additional outside resources.