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  • Funding Transit Projects Responsibly

    Phillip A. Washington is leading one of the most dynamic transit agencies in North America, which is implementing the FasTracks program, one of the largest transit expansion programs in the country. Phil is responsible for a 2012 total agency budget appropriation of $2.2 billion and is currently managing active transit expansion projects in the amount of $4.2 billion.

  • Becoming the Change

    Jason Roberts is the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, originator of the Better Block Project and co-founder of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. In 2006, Jason formed the non-profit organization Oak Cliff Transit Authority to revive the Dallas streetcar system and later spearheaded the city's effort in garnering a $23 million TIGER stimulus grant from the Federal Transit Administration to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas.

  • Urbal Growth Through Rapid Transit

    Jacque Whitsitt has served on the Board of Directors of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) for nearly 15 years, including service as Vice Chair of the Board, and is currently the Mayor of Basalt, Colorado. Success at the polls, during the onset of the global economic downturn, enabled RFTA to garner Federal Transit Administration Very Small Starts grant support for its VelociRFTA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the nation’s first rural BRT system, which is slated to become operational in September 2013. VelociRFTA will greatly improve the quality and convenience of transit services available to Roaring Fork Valley’s residents and visitors for decades to come.

  • Being an Impact Player

    A 30-year public transportation veteran, Beverly Scott is a past chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and nationally recognized for her extraordinary leadership and advocacy in advancing increased investment in quality public transportation choices – and the workforce responsible for making it all happen. During the height of the economic downturn, Scott and her volunteer team painted red X’s on MARTA buses and trains to help the general public, state and regional leaders understand the devastating impact that 25-30% transit service cuts would have on the region’s economy, employers, and – most directly on people’s daily lives – the thousands of daily transit riders without other options. It helped and resulted in a historic demonstration of support from the Atlanta Regional Commission – comprised of elected officials and policymakers across the greater Atlanta region.

  • Transportation: A Promise for America

    Susan Martinovich is the director for the Nevada Department of Transportation, where she has worked for over 28 years and has worked on initiatives in the areas of safety, research and policy.

  • Advocating for Women Moving America

    Ellen Voie founded the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007 and currently serves as President and CEO. Women In Trucking was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members.

  • Reaching Out, Making a Difference

    Rebecca M. Townsend, Ph.D., is an associate professor of communication at Manchester Community College in Connecticut and serves as the principal investigator for the Partnership for Inclusive, Cost-Effective Public Participation. She involves community service learning, cultural communication, and productive deliberation in transit planning public involvement efforts.

  • Bridging the Technical Gap

    Veronica O. Davis, P.E. is the co-owner and Principal Planning Manager at Nspiregreen LLC. She is a transportation guru who uses her knowledge to spark progressive social change in the community.

  • Vision, Leadership, and Innovation: Our Path Forward in the 21st Century

    Lowell Porter is the National Law Enforcement Liaison Program Coordinator for the Governors Highway Safety Association, a non-profit organization which provides leadership and advocacy for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management, and promote best practices.

  • Using the Power of Arts as a Tool to Create Social Changes: From Conflict to Creativity

    Alvaro Maldonado is the founding Director of Ballet Teatro Internacional (BTI), a non-profit organization created under a social entrepreneur model that generates transformational dance training programs in the U.S and in Central America.