Bill Millar, President of APTA, Alumni, and BAC Member, Honored During a Session of Congress for His Service to the Transportation Industry

From the Congressional Record – Extensions of Remarks, December 9, 2010:


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mr. OBERSTAR. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor a man who has greatly served the transportation industry of this nation, William, Bill, W. Millar, the president of the American Public Transportation Association, APTA.

A well-known expert in the field of public transportation policy, planning, and operations, Bill's illustrious career spans nearly 40 years. Bill has been at the helm of APTA for the last decade and a half, during which he expanded APTA's reach and effectiveness, achieved many legislative victories, and worked to dramatically increase federal investment in public transportation. He has published numerous articles, spearheaded important transit initiatives and events, and has testified frequently before the U.S. Congress, including many cherished appearances before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Bill lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife and two children and commutes to work on Washington's Metrorail system.

Bill began his career in public transportation as the county transportation planner in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, after having earned a BA from Northwestern University and an M.A. from the University of Iowa majoring in urban transportation planning and policy analysis. In 1973, Bill joined the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, PennDOT, where he developed and managed Pennsylvania's Free Transit Program for Senior Citizens and led PennDOT's rural public and community transit efforts.

The bulk of Bill's career was spent with the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the principal transit operator serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here, Bill served in various positions for nineteen years, most notably as its executive director from 1983-1996. During his tenure, Bill oversaw the development and operation of bus, busway, light rail, paratransit, and inclined plane service. He founded Pittsburgh's award-winning ACCESS paratransit service, and in 1987 he received APTA's Jesse Haugh Award for Transit Manager of the Year.

Throughout his career, Bill Millar has been a strong supporter of transportation research, and is the recipient of the Founding Father Award for his leadership in establishing the Transit Cooperative Research Program, TCAP. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board, TRB, for many years, served as its Chair in 1992, and received TRB's W.N. Carey, Jr. Distinguished Service Award in 1999. Bill also serves on advisory committees of several university transportation research institutes, and is a recipient of many awards, including the Pattison Partnership Award from the Intermodal Passenger Institute, 2001 , and Railway Age's Graham Claytor Award, 2006.

Thus, Madam Speaker, I rise today in tribute to and with gratitude for Bill Millar's service to the public transportation sector and the American people. All of us in the transportation community congratulate Bill on his prestigious career, and wish him and his family the best in the years ahead.