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In Memoriam: William Lhota, Retired COTA CEO

William J. Lhota, 77, president/chief executive officer of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Columbus from 2004-2012, died Aug. 10.

Lhota joined COTA after retiring from American Electric Power as president-energy delivery and executive vice president, American Electric Power Service Corporation, after 37 years with the company. He also briefly owned a consulting business.

COTA named its administrative headquarters in honor of Lhota following his retirement. He also was a former member of the APTA Legislative, Mid-Size Operations and Bus & Paratransit CEOs committees.
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