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Every Voice Counts: Vote on Proposed Bylaws Changes

APTA reminds its members to vote on changes to the ­association’s governing structure, which, if approved by two-thirds of APTA’s nearly 1,500 members, will be implemented to coincide with the seating of the new board and Executive Committee in October.

The most significant bylaws changes approved by the board last month address two major areas:

* The composition of the Executive Committee, which increases from 18 to 25 members, will assure representation from key APTA constituencies, including bus and paratransit CEOs, commuter rail CEOs, rail transit CEOs, legacy systems, mid-size operations, small operations, highest dues transit CEOs, transit board members, business members, officers, at-large members and Canadian member representative.

* The responsibilities of the board and Executive Committee are greatly clarified. The board will focus on approval of a strategic plan, approval of an annual budget, legislative strategies and the hiring, extension and, if necessary, dismissal of a president and CEO. The Executive Committee will serve as the performance oversight and decision-making body of the board, will evaluate the performance of the president and CEO and will regularly report to the board.

Other changes clarify what constitutes a quorum for the Executive Committee and the role of APTA’s legal counsel.

APTA bylaws require weighted ­voting for this vote. This means each APTA member is entitled to one vote for each $100 of the last annual dues paid to the association. Members will be able to vote electronically and paper ballots will be available at APTA conferences. The goal is to obtain two-thirds favorable votes by the end of June, prior to the nominating committee meeting.

More details, including a link to a summary of recommended changes, appeared in the Jan. 30 issue of Passenger Transport and can be found here.
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