APTA Hosts Transit CEOs in Savannah


APTA’s 2024 Transit CEOs Seminar was held Feb. 16-18 in Savannah, GA. The seminar, exclusively for transit CEOs and deputies, provides a unique opportunity for public transit agency leaders to network and share best practices, unique ideas, and options for addressing the day-to-day challenges facing transit.

Approximately 140 transit CEOs and deputies participated at the meeting, addressing a broad range of session topics, including ridership, bus procurements, NTSB investigations, managing capital costs, and positioning for CEO success.

Keynote addresses included FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez in her final public appearance prior to her departure from FTA; Jeff Tumlin, director of transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, discussing smart cities and new mobility; and Christopher Novak, vice president of engineering and facilities maintenance, Georgia Ports Authority, who detailed the amazing economic impacts from operations at the Port of Savannah.

A seminar highlight was a session entitled Women Are the Future, featuring six female transit CEOs discussing how diversity in the C-Suite is changing public transit across the U.S. The conferees were welcomed by the Honorable Van R. Johnson, mayor of Savannah, and Faye DiMassimo, executive director of Chatham Area Transit.