Valley Metro CEO Banta named to International Public Transportation Policy Board

Stephen Banta, chief executive officer of Valley Metro.

Stephen Banta, chief executive officer of Valley Metro.

Stephen Banta, chief executive officer of Valley Metro, has been selected to represent the U.S. and North America in a leadership position for a prominent international public transportation association according to s press release.

Mr. Banta was elected to serve on the policy board of the International Association of Public Transport as a representative of the American Public Transportation Association for the 2015-2017 term.

UITP is an international organization for public transportation authorities and operators, policy and decision makers, scientific institutes, businesses and suppliers. APTA has a long-standing partnership with the organization.

“Steve Banta will be an outstanding representative of APTA and the public transit industry on this policy board,” APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy said in the release. “This is an excellent opportunity to learn and share ideas with public transit systems around the world to advance public transportation.”

“I appreciate the appointment, look forward to contributing to UITP and, more importantly, learning from our global peers,” Mr. Banta said in the release.

The American Public Transportation Association is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail.  This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation.  APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the U.S. and Canada ride APTA member systems, according to the release.

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