John B. Catoe, Jr.
APTA Hall of Fame
John B. Catoe, Jr.
APTA Hall of Fame
For over three decades John B. Catoe, Jr. has contributed greatly to the delivery and enhancement of public transportation offerings throughout the U.S.
John began his career in transportation in 1979 with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). John’s father was a taxicab driver for 35 years and believed strongly in providing quality service. When John got the opportunity to work in transit, that impression, and the desire to make a real difference, fostered John’s passion for public transportation.
As OCTA’s Director of Transit Services, John developed service policy and led service planning and development. This included the oversight of construction and startup of the Metrolink Commuter rail service in Orange County. Under Catoe’s leadership, OCTA reduced the transit division administrative staff by more than 20 percent without any reduction or degradation of service.
While serving as the Director for the City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus, Catoe expanded services by 40 percent and improved ridership by 36 percent. With John at the helm, the agency received the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission’s Metro Award for Efficiency, APTA’s Outstanding Safety Award, and two Outstanding Achievement Awards.
Catoe served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) from 2001 through 2007. Metro’s operating costs tracked lower than the consumer price index for the first time in two decades. Catoe, launched new Metro services, including 23 special rapid bus lines, and extended rush hour operations for a continuous 17 hours. Catoe also worked with five Los Angeles County Government Councils to restructure bus operations into service sectors, thus better serving local communities while containing operating costs. He founded Metro Connections – a strategic plan to restructure routes to reach underserved areas. He piloted the Gold Line, a light rail service connecting Pasadena to East Los Angeles. This new rail line served popular destinations and improved Metro’s visibility and attractiveness to the community and its visitors.
Catoe served as the general manager for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) from 2007 through 2010, overseeing a $2 billion budget and more than ten thousand employees. During his tenure, he developed plans and secured funding for capital improvements to infrastructure, while reducing administrative costs. Named Outstanding Public Transportation Manager in 2009 by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Catoe made national headlines for orchestrating and executing safe, efficient, and reliable public transportation offerings to and from the 56th presidential inauguration events.
John has remained tireless in his efforts to raise transit awareness, secure governmental funding, and invest in local communities. Under his leadership, improvements to transportation infrastructures have been realized, transit services now reach more areas and serve greater numbers of passengers, and fiscal responsibility has been restored. Throughout his career, John has championed inclusion, empowered diverse workforces to become our leaders of tomorrow and aggressively encouraged participation in APTA, serving in leadership positions on several committees.
Former President of APTA
William Millar is a well known expert in the fields of public transportation and transportation policy, who effectively led the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) serving as its President from 1996 to 2011.
Millar served 19 years at the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the principal transit operator serving Pittsburgh, PA. As executive director from 1983-1996. he oversaw the development and operation of bus, busway. light rail, paratransit and inclined plane service. He is the rounder of Pittsburgh’s award-winning ACCESS paratransit service.
In the 1970’s Bill worked for the Pennsylvania DOT where he developed and managed Pennsylvania’s Free Transit Program t’or Senior Citizens and led its rural public and community transit efforts.
An experienced conference speaker, university lecturer and author of many articles, Bill has testified before the U.S. Congress and other legislative bodies. He has served on corporate and nonprofit governing boards and is a consultant and advisor to public and private sector clients.
Millar, a strong supporter of transportation research, received the Founding Father Award for his leadership in establishing the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). He was a member of the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) for over two decades serving as its chair in 1992.
Millar is the recipient of many awards including APTA’s Jesse !laugh Award as Transit Manager of the Year (1987); the TRB’s W. N. Carey, Jr. Distinguished Service Award (1999) and Thomas B. Dcen Distinguished Lectureship (2012); Railway Age’s Graham Claytor Award (2006); the Texas Transportation Institute’s Director’s Research Champion Award (2008) and the Eno Foundation’s Award for Transportation Excellence (2011). Bill has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (A ASHTO), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the Council of University Centers (CIFTC) and was inducted into APTA’s Hall of Fame (2013) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America Hall of Fame (2011).
Bill has a BA from Northwestern University in geography and an MA from the University of Iowa in urban transportation planning and policy analysis.
Jolene Moritz Molitoris
First Female Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration
Throughout her more than 30 year career in the transportation industry, Jolene has been a passionate advocate for change that makes a difference! As the first woman to be nominated and confirmed as the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, with “zero tolerance for any safety hazard” as her mantra, and a major agency cultural change as her charge, FRA worked in partnership with rail labor and rail management along with the FRA team to achieve the seven safest years in railroad history. The Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), which celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2016, was created to fundamentally revolutionize FRA rulemaking to assure that all parties affected by FRA rules had a real part in the process and the outcome. Jolene was FRA’s longest serving FRA Administrator, 1993 – 2001.
Before leading the FRA, Jolene served as Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s new Rail Division, during the tumultuous days of Rail Deregulation which greatly affected Ohio. In partnership with communities throughout the state, ODOT’s Rail Division helped create 13 new short line railroads, more than any other state. These short lines assured the availability of rail freight service critical to retaining major existing businesses and assured the cities’ and state’s ability to attract new companies because of the availability of freight rail service. Hundreds of companies, thousands of jobs and many cities were the beneficiaries of this important transportation investment and development.
After her time as FRA’s Administrator, and then as President/CEO of GeoFocus, a GPS/GIS communications company with transit as its market, Jolene returned to Ohio and served as The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Director, the first woman to lead the agency in its 105 year history. During her tenure, ODOT experienced it biggest biennial construction program, with over $6B of investments throughout the state creating a multi modal transportation program including: historic levels of investment in Ohio’s highways and bridges; winning $400m in federal passenger rail funding; creating ODOT’s first ever Water Transportation Division; substantial growth of its Public Transportation Division’s investments, and partnerships with the state’s airports and their leaders.
Today Jolene serves as President of US Railcar Company in Columbus, Ohio, the nation’s only US owned passenger rail company and as a Principal of Molitoris & Associates, a transportation consulting firm. She has a BA degree from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC and an MA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
Director Emeritus, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Transportation Consulting Services
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Sole Proprietor, Martin E. Robins, Transportation Consulting Services, Westfield, NJ
February 1998 to Present
• Furnishes advice and guidance to clients on major investment transportation projects, policy, finance, operations issues; pedestrian and bicycle safety matters, as well as the interaction of transportation and land use;
• Prepares reports on transportation projects and operations
• Contributes OpEd articles to newspapers and business magazines and frequently quoted in transportation-related articles
• Serves as member of the Board of Editorial Direction of the Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter and Senior Editor of TOD Lines, a newsletter about transit-oriented development in the Downstate NY-CT area
• Co-taught land use and transportation graduate student studio about Plainfield, NJ and Hackensack, NJ transit-oriented development potential with Professor Darius Sollohub of NJIT
Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ
February 1998 through 2006, Positions: Director of Research Unit and then of Center and Faculty Fellow, Urban Planning and Policy Development Program; January 2007- June 2009 Senior Fellow at Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; July 2009 to present, Director Emeritus, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
• Oversaw Pedestrian/Bike Safety Center and drafted bill that was enacted into law requiring motorists to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians crossing at a crosswalk.
• Conceptualized and implemented a program of policy research and public forums on transportation-related issues in the New Jersey-New York Metropolitan region.
• Taught graduate student studios on transit planning and transit-related economic development.
• Managed Transportation Coordinating Council/ Federal Transit Administration grant award program and served as secretary to Rutgers University’s Transportation Coordinating Council
Access to the Region’s Core, Newark, NJ
October 1994 to February 1998, Position: Project Director
Managed a $5 million planning study and staff of six, sponsored by the Port Authority, NJ TRANSIT and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to examine the public transit and goods movement needs across the region, covering Midtown Manhattan, northeastern New Jersey and western Queens. The likely recommendation will be construction of a new $3 billion passenger rail tunnel under the Hudson River between northeastern New Jersey to the Penn Station area with an extension to Grand Central Terminal.
NJ TRANSIT Waterfront Transportation Office (Division), Newark, NJ
1988 to 1994 Position: Director (Senior Director)
Managed an originally autonomous office of 15 (later integrated into NJ TRANSIT), that formulated short and long-range plans for the development of a light rail system to support economic development along New Jersey’s Hudson River waterfront. Among the features of the job were close consultation with local economic development offices and waterfront developers and transportation-related support for developers in attracting companies to the waterfront sites. During this tenure, the study recommended and received planning approval for a $1.2 billion Hudson-Bergen light rail line which then moved into the preliminary engineering/Final Environmental Impact Statement stage.
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, New York City, NY
1983 to 1988 Position: Director, Planning and Development Department
• Supervised staff of 120 professionals, including economists, strategic planners. policy analysts, market researchers, transportation analysts, transportation and land use planners. Departmental budget was $17 million.
• Participated in the devising and modifying of an Authority-wide strategic management process, with special responsibility for preparation of an annual Planning Context, identification of critical issues, review of business strategies, and encouragement of line and staff priority coordination; established regular reviews and progress reporting with operating departments; served on Management Information Services Council
• Oversaw preparation of a region-wide 10-year jobs, population and labor force forecast, regional international trade overview, and report on the regional mismatch between jobs and labor force skills
• Supervised Trans-Hudson Task Force and other transportation planning teams which conducted detailed market research on travel behavior and analysis of system capacity which successfully recommended: the institution of mass transit ferry service from Hoboken to Lower Manhattan; expansion of Staten Island – Central New Jersey bridge capacity; strengthening of market research function into Authority-wide resource; expansion of freight movement research to gain better understanding of companies’ logistical needs and warehousing and trading patterns.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City, NY
1988, Position: Special Assistant to the Chairman,
• On mobility assignment for six months in 1988, principal responsibility was to assist Robert Kiley in his role as chairman of the American Public Transit Association’s Transit 2000 Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force was to restate the rationale for federal support of public transit and to develop a new legislative framework for a highway – transit federal-aid program. The assignment included consultation with APTA staff on substantive and procedural project direction. He also assisted MTA staff in the institution of an authority-wide strategic planning process.
NJ TRANSIT, Newark, NJ
1980 to 1983, Position: Deputy Executive Director
• Supervised development of strategy for negotiation of first rail collective bargaining contracts with 16 unions resulting in substantial increase in management flexibility and lower costs; headed negotiations and guided litigation leading to settlement of 5-week strike.
• Headed Task Force which recommended and began implementation of NJ TRANSIT’S takeover of Conrail commuter rail operations
• Drafted and lobbied for commuter rail provisions in Northeast Rail Service Act of 1981, notably giving carriers right to negotiate new collective bargaining agreements
• Supervised units responsible for Rail Contract Management, Engineering, Developmental Planning and Subsidized Bus Carriers Contract Management
• Supervised acquisition of Transport of New Jersey, the largest private bus company in the U.S.
• Oversaw start-up of New Jersey Transit Corporation which included organization of planning and marketing functions and Newark-Elizabeth bus route restructuring task force and approval of plans for centralized rail maintenance facility.
New Jersey Department of Transportation, Trenton, NJ
1975 to 1979, Position: Director, Office of Policy Analysis
• Headed Commissioner Louis J. Gambaccini’s Task Force to study the bus subsidy program, which drafted the bill creating the New Jersey Transit Corporation and lobbied for its prompt enactment within six month’s of the bill’s introduction.
• Developed recommendation for exercise of federal 900-Day Option permitting State of New Jersey to purchase more than 400 miles of rail lines and more than 100 stations for $25 million
• Oversaw the analysis and implementation of complex policy issues, including successful Rail Station leasing policy
Position: Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner for Public Transportation
• Directed implementation of the public transit capital program and supervised the transit analysis function
• Headed Task Force which drafted and lobbied for commuter rail provisions to the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 which:
– permitted the State of New Jersey to purchase 400 miles of rail properties (including Princeton Branch) and more than 100 stations for $25 million; and
– furnished New Jersey with $35 million in emergency operating assistance over three years, and
– set stable compensation standards for payment by commuter rail agencies to the railroads.
New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Trenton, NJ
1974 to 1975, Position: Deputy Attorney General, Section Chief, Public Transportation
• Headed section counseling and representing the New Jersey Department of Transportation on public transit legal matters
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1967
Princeton University, A.B., cum laude, 1964
Admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and before the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 1967
President’s Award for Public Transportation, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), 1980
Princeton University Alumni Council Award for Service, 1990
Regional Business Partnership, 2004 Transportation Merit Award
NJ TRANSIT Hall of Fame for contributions to the NJ TRANSIT Corporation, inducted December 15, 2004Trefor-Williams (see word file)