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DOT appoints members to FTA safety advisory committee

By | December 19, 2022

24 selected to serve two-year terms

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Federal Transit Administration logoWASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation has named 24 people —representing transit agencies, unions, research groups, and other organizations — to the Federal Transit Administration’s Transit Advisory Committee for Safety.

The group meets at least once a year and advises the Secretory of Transportation and FTA administrator on transit safety and other issues.

“We look forward to working with the 24 members of TRACS – representing experts from large cities, small towns, academia, non-profits, organized labor, and more – to support the continued safety of public transit across America,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in announcing the appointments.

Those appointed for a two-year term are:

— Edward Abel, director of operational safety, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

— Brian Alberts, senior director of safety and advisory services, American Public Transportation Association.

— Johanna Cockburn, director of transportation, City of Greensboro, N.C.

— Beverly Edwards, chief operating officer, First Transit, Cincinnati.

— Rebecca Frankhouser, chief safety officer and managing director of safety, security, and quality assurance, King County Metro, Seattle.

— David Harris, transit and rail division director, New Mexico Department of Transportation .

— Molly Hughes, public transportation safety administrator, Washington State Department of Transportation.

— Donna Johnson, vice president and chief safety officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

— Laura Karr, associate general counsel, Amalgamated Transit Union.

— Jim Keane, general manager of operations safety, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

— Thomas Lamb, chief of innovation and technology, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Transit.

— Brian Lapp, senior vice president and chief safety officer, NJ Transit.

— Raymond Lopez, deputy executive officer of corporate safety, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

— Rachel Maleh, executive director, Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

— Santiago Osorio, chief safety officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, Texas.

— Karen Philbrick, executive director, San Jose State University, Mineta Transportation Institute.

— Ashley Porter, transit safety programs manager, Florida Department of Transportation.

— Patrick Preusser, director of rapid transit, City and County of Honolulu, Department of Transportation Services.

— Reggie Reese, chief safety officer, Pierce Transit, Lakewood, Wash.

— Adam Sharkey, deputy director, River Cities Public Transit, Pierre, S.D.

— Justin Sobeck, state safety oversight program manager and passenger rail safety specialist, Missouri Department of Transportation.

— Lisa Staes, associate director of transit safety and workforce development program, University of South Florida, Center for Urban Transportation Research.

— Gardner Tabon, executive vice president of systemwide accessibility and chief safety officer, Capital Metropolitan Transit Agency, Austin, Texas.

— Curtis Tate, international administrative vice president, Transport Workers Union.

One thought on “DOT appoints members to FTA safety advisory committee

  1. Interesting that no members are disinterested users/riders (as in not connected with a management or academic position), and only two ostensibly represent unions (and I wonder if either were ever operators). You would think that people who operate and ride transit regularly would have a greater representation.

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