CEO Message to Members - 5/26/2022
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Update from APTA's CEO
May 26, 2022
 
 
Dear APTA Members,
 
In advance of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I want to share some brief thoughts with our APTA family.
 
May has been a month of noteworthy progress and national pain.  We all have been affected by the heartbreaking tragedies in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York, and we keep the people of those communities in our hearts.
 
In recent weeks, I’ve been telling audiences at APTA and non-APTA events across the country that the public transportation industry is at the intersection of once-in-a generation opportunities and never-before-seen challenges that extend beyond transit’s traditional role.
 
My message has been simple:  In conflicted times, unity and a clear sense of purpose prevail.
 
Since last month’s CEO Letter, I’ve seen first-hand how public transportation leaders and business members continue to come together around a shared set of priorities
priorities to strengthen our industry by increasing ridership and filling workforce needs ... and priorities to support our communities by advancing equity, sustainability, and modern mobility services.
 
These themes were vividly on display during our highly praised 2022 Mobility Conference (May 1-4) in Columbus, Ohio, and our April seminars for Transit CEOs and Legal Affairs professionals.
 
When APTA’s 2022 Rail Conference convenes in San Diego, CA on June 5-8, I’m certain the more than 1,000 attendees will amplify that spirit of optimism.  It has been three years since our last Rail Conference, so I’m eager to reconnect with so many of you, to hear our thought-provoking speakers, and to see the impressive showcase of new products and services.
 
While the APTA family has never been stronger, more innovative, or had more to look forward to, I know you are working on a variety of exceedingly tough issues.  I commend all your efforts at a time when America's political, economic, and social divisions continue to take a toll.
 
Still, as I said at 2021's TRANSform Conference, quoting Amanda Gorman, “There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it … if only we’re brave enough to be it.”
 
This weekend, I encourage you to take solace in knowing that the roots of our modern Memorial Day date back to one of the most painful times in U.S. history: the Civil War and its aftermath.  If communities could unite in May 1868 to remember those who had died during the war, and over time, establish an annual day of national mourning and gratitude, I am confident we can overcome any current challenge.
 
My June CEO Letter will recap our major events, forecast some exciting opportunities, and discuss the impact of gas prices and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
 
For now, and until we gather in San Diego, I send you and your families my heartfelt best wishes for a restful and reflective holiday.
 
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Paul P. Skoutelas
President and CEO
Sent to you by the American Public Transportation Association
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