APTA President Speaks at USDOT Safety Summit


APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas spoke at the 2024 National Safety Summit of USDOT University Transportation Centers (UTCs) in Washington, DC, April 4. The summit includes many safety-themed UTCs who gather annually to discuss real-world problems, opportunities, and safety-related innovations impacting the transportation landscape of today.

Skoutelas was a member of a panel including Willie Brown, division director of transit, universities, utilities, and services, AFL-CIO Transport Workers Union of America; April Rai, president and CEO, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO); and Dr. C. Y. David Yang, president and executive director, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Arlando Teller, assistant secretary for tribal government affairs, USDOT, served as moderator.

As a member of Carnegie Mellon’s Traffic 21 Institute Advisory Board, Skoutelas thanked Interim Safety 21 Executive Director Karen Lightman on her institute’s work and described how vital the event is to help APTA and the public transportation industry learn, share information, and advance safety. “[safety is] Our first responsibility to our employees, riders, and the communities we serve,” he said.