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APTA Members Named to International Boards

Three APTA members who are ­public transit agency general managers have been appointed to UITP governing bodies representing the U.S. and North America.

UITP (the International Association of Public Transport) is an international organization for public transportation authorities and operators, policy and decision makers, scientific institutes and businesses and suppliers. All three appointments are for two-year terms and are part of a long-standing collaboration between the two organizations.

For the 2015-2017 term, Stephen Banta, chief executive officer, Valley Metro in ­Phoenix, and Daniel A. ­Grabauskas, executive director and chief executive officer, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, have been elected to UITP’s policy board, which prepares international strategies for the transit sector and takes official policy position on international transit issues.

“I appreciate the appointment, look forward to contributing to UITP and more importantly learning from our global peers,” Banta said.

“I am honored to be selected to represent APTA and the transit industry on this prestigious policy board. This will provide us with the opportunity to share strategies and discuss the latest developments in the transit industry,” ­Grabauskas said. “I have always been a strong advocate for public transportation and I look forward to contributing to this important international effort.”

Michael Allegra, president and chief executive officer, Utah Transit Authority, has been appointed to the UITP Executive Board, which oversees all of UITP’s association work.

“I am humbled to be invited to serve as the North American representative on the UITP executive board. I firmly believe that since we live in a highly interconnected global society, there is tremendous value in sharing inno­vations, technological advances, data and best practices with our international peers,” Allegra said. “A great deal can be learned from our collective experience and I look forward to the opportunity to participate in this capacity.”

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