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Project Title: Transit Research and Development: Federal Role in the National Program

PIN: SAIS-P-03-05-A        

Major Unit:
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit:

Kortum, Katherine

Subject/Focus Area:  Transportation and Infrastructure

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   08/23/2016

Mr. Ronald Brooks
Valley Transportation Authority

Ron Brooks is a 23 year veteran of the public transit industry. He has held technical, managerial and executive level positions in both private companies and public transit agencies. Currently, he serves as the Manager of Accessible Transit Services for Valley Metro, the regional public transit agency serving the Phoenix metropolitan area. In this role, he oversees the agency’s paratransit system, and he works with other staff and contractors to address accessibility issues on the agency’s buses and trains. Prior to joining Valley Metro in 2013, Mr. Brooks spent 13 years with a large international transportation provider, Veolia Transportation, where he specialized in accessible transit and paratransit operations. He has supported transit systems in areas as diverse as San Francisco, California, Palm Beach County, Florida and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he is involved in a number of transit industry committees—all focusing on the improvement of transit and paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities. He is very involved with several organizations affiliated with the American Council of the Blind, including the Arizona Council of the Blind, Guide Dog Users of Arizona, and ACB Families, an organization which provides information and peer support to families experiencing blindness or low vision.

Ms. Anna M. Barry - (Chair)
Connecticut Department of Transportation

Anna M. Barry was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation by Commissioner James P. Redeker in September 2012. In this position, she fills the role of Chief Operating Officer, with day-to-day responsibility for the operations of the Bureaus of Public Transportation, Highway Operations & Maintenance, and Engineering & Construction. This includes the Department’s operation of the nation’s largest commuter rail line and the state’s CT transit and CT rides systems. Since joining the Connecticut DOT, Ms. Barry has played a key role in several major projects, including the CT fastrak bus rapid transit project, the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield High Speed Rail Program and the Stamford Transit Oriented Development Project. Improved emergency management, reporting and preparation have been among her priorities. She has also supported the Commissioner’s priorities of improved project delivery and innovation, customer service and staff development. Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Barry enjoyed a 24 year career with the MBTA in Boston. Her positions there included Senior Director of Vehicle Engineering and Quality Assurance, Director of Subway Operations and Director of Railroad Operations.

Mr. J. Barry Barker
Transit Authority of River City

J. Barry Barker is Executive Director of the Transit Authority of River City in Louisville, Kentucky. He was previously General Manager at Metro in Akron, Ohio, and Assistant General Manager for Marketing and Management for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. He is a former chair of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Oversight and Project Selection Committee, has served on several TCRP panels, and was a member of the NRC Committee for a Study of Contracting Out Transit Services. He has chaired the National Transit Institute Board and served on the Easter Seals/Project Action National Steering Committee, the TRB Executive Committee, and the Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review. He has served on TRAC for four years in its previous incarnation, including as the committee’s chair. Barry is a past Vice Chair of Governmental Affairs for APTA. Mr. Barker earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University.

Mr. Charles R. Carr
Mississippi Department of Transportation

Charles R. Carr is Director of the Office of Intermodal Transportation Planning for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. His office coordinates policy, planning, programmatic and administrative oversight of the department’s aeronautics, rail, ports, and public transit divisions. Before assuming his current position in 2010, he was Director of the Public Transit Division of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. In this position, he was responsible for grant administration and contract management, as well as policy analysis for public transit programs and initiatives. Previously he served as manager of the Transportation Implementation Bureau of the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development and as a transit specialist. He has worked in state government since 1973. He has served as chair of the National Transportation Consortium of States, member of the Board of Directors of the Community Transportation Association of America, and chair of the Mississippi Public Transit Association. He is currently a member of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation and NCHRP Project Panel SP 20-65, which is developing a public transportation research agenda. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in sociology from Jackson State University.

Dr. Adib Kanafani
University of California, Berkeley

Adib Kanafani, NAE, is a professor of civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Inspired by the work of Gordon Newell and Robert Oliver at UC Berkeley, he left Imperial College in London, where he was pursuing studies in transportation, and enrolled at UC Berkeley. During his student days his research interests and experience ranged widely; he developed a model for the location of parking facilities in cities, then went to work for ITS developing a system of transportation planning for national forests. He also discovered he had a keen interest in aviation, nurtured by a project to develop a new airport in Denmark, a project in which Berkeley’s Professor Robert Horonjeff played a key role. In 1970, Dr. Kanafani joined the UC Berkeley Civil Engineering faculty where he taught both planning and aviation, and incorporated microeconomics, systems analysis and optimization into his transportation engineering classes. He was instrumental in initiating research thrusts in new areas such as Intelligent Transportation Systems at UC Berkeley, and thus strengthened the Institute’s position as a leading research center in the field. During his 15-year tenure as UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies director, which began in 1983, Dr. Kanafani helped to create the PATH research program, focusing on intelligent transportation systems. He also co-directed the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research, a university-industry consortium funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the American University of Beirut, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ms. Nadine Lee
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation

Nadine Lee is the Deputy Director for Los Angeles Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation. Previously, she was a Project Manager for the Denver Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) FasTracks Program. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Kansas, she began her career as a highway design engineer in Kansas City before moving to Denver in 1998 to work on her first transit project, RTD’s Southeast Corridor. Since then Ms. Lee has worked on numerous transit projects in Denver, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Portland, and Los Angeles. Ms. Lee’s responsibilities include stakeholder communications, consultant oversight, coordination and management, and responsibility for project schedules and budgets. Ms. Lee presented research papers on level boarding for the Northwest Rail (American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference, 2008) and on the at grade crossing evaluation methodology used for Northwest Rail (2007 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting and the 2007 Texas Transportation Institute National Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Training Conference). Ms. Lee participated in the prestigious Transit Cooperative Research Program’s (TCRP) International Transit Studies Program (ITSP) for the Spring 2009 mission to Southeast Asia. This study group traveled to Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei to examine the use of performance measures to improve service delivery to transit customers. The findings by the study mission participants were published in the TCRP Research Results Digest 95 (April 2010). Ms. Lee served on the International Board for WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar) and is a past Co-Chair of the WTS Leadership Series and a Past President of the Colorado Chapter. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Carol Lewis
Texas Southern University

Carol Lewis is an Associate Professor in Transportation Studies and Director of the Center for Transportation Training and Research at Texas Southern University. She is responsible for educating students in fundamentals of transportation and urban transportation issues, as well as conducting operational and policy related transportation research. Lewis was recently named TSU’s Principal Investigator for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Transportation Security Center of Excellence for Petrochemical Transportation Security. Since 1992, she has conducted research for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently completing a study regarding regionalizing public transportation. Lewis’ work for TxDOT also includes research about Smart Growth, Land Use and Development, Strategic Planning, and Land Value Effects of Elevated and Depressed Freeways. Dr. Lewis was the research supervisor for FHWA’s Noise Compatible Land Use Brochure and workshop series on this topic. Her funded research also includes corridor feasibility studies for major Houston area freeway corridors, analysis of options to better manage freeway lanes and an assessment of the external influences on transit-oriented development. Prior to joining Texas Southern University, Dr. Lewis spent 15 years as manager and director of planning at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. She belongs to a number of professional organizations including the Transportation Technical Committee of the local Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Red Cross Transportation Advisory Committee. In 2004, Houston’s Mayor Bill White appointed her to the Office of Mobility, an advisory function of the Mayor’s Office and as Chair of the City’s Planning Commission. At the suggestion of Mayor White, she was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Emergency Evacuation following the 2005 hurricane season. Dr. Lewis served two years on the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority as an appointee of, then, Houston Mayor Lee Brown and six years as the national academic advisor for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. Dr. Lewis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Political Science and M.A. and B.A. from the University of Iowa.

Dr. John Lewis
Charlotte Area Transit System

John Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). He arrived in September 2015 and is leading CATS through a construction of the LYNX Blue Line Extension, expansion of existing light rail platforms to accept three car trains, and advancing of the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 (streetcar) through final design and into construction. Mr. Lewis previously served as CEO of the Central Florida Regional Transit Authority (LYNX) where he provided strategic leadership to Central Florida’s primary mass transit system. During his tenure at LYNX, he oversaw two design/build projects for the expansion of Orlando’s LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit Line and managed three additional Alternatives Analysis Studies for the U.S. Route 192 Corridor in Osceola County, Route 50 Corridor in Orange County, and the final segment of the LYMMO study (North/South alignment). Prior to his time with LYNX, Mr. Lewis held several leadership positions as the CEO of the Greater Richmond Transit Company, and director of rail operations and director of bus operations with the Maryland Transit Administration. He chaired the Leadership APTA committee from November 2011 to November 2014, is a board member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and the TCRP Oversight and Project Selection Committee. Mr. Lewis holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Allegheny College.

Mr. Bradford Miller
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Bradford Miller is the chief executive officer at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, a position he has held since 2013. The Transit Authority has instituted an innovative pilot program with Uber and United Taxi and the successfully negotiated with the Service Employees International Union representing about 500 PSTA employees. Before joining PSTA, Miller worked five years as general manager of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority in Iowa and six years at the Charlotte Area Transit System in North Carolina.

Ms. Angela K. Miller

Angela Miller is the Director of Customer Solutions for Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. Previously, she was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer for the North County Transit District (NCTD) in Oceanside, California, which provides public transportation services in North San Diego County. Among her accomplishments, she secured competitive funds to install four solar projects on NCTD property, built a unique Green Data Center, installed electronic ticketing systems on commuter rail, and oversaw the launch of wireless Internet for real-time arrival information on the bus system. In recognition of these and other accomplishments, she was named one of Computerworld magazine's Premier 100 Information Technology Leaders for 2012. She holds an M.S. in environmental science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Macy Neshati
BYD Motors

Macy Neshati joined BYD Motors in 2014 as Vice President of Bus Sales. Prior to joining BYD, he spent the previous 17 years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Complete Coach Works, helping CCW to become a dominant bus remanufacturer in North America. Mr. Neshati has been involved in the heavy equipment and transit industry for 35 years when he joined the Northern California Distributor for Detroit Diesel and Allison in 1979. After working within the Detroit Diesel and Allison distributor network for nearly fifteen years in various roles including service and parts manager, materials manager and eventually sales manager, Mr. Neshati joined Complete Coach Works as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and led the company to a sales growth of over 700% during his tenure. Mr. Neshati holds a B.A. in business management from St. Mary’s College.

Mr. Edward Watt
Amalgamated Transit Union

Edward Watt is Director of Special Projects for the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). Previously he was responsible for rebuilding the Health and Safety department at the Transit Workers Union of America (TWU) and for health and safety training. He represented TWU of America on Health and Safety matters at the AFL-CIO, National Safety Council, American Public Transportation Association, and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). He began working for the New York City Transit Authority as a bus operator in 1980. After serving in various union positions, he was elected Financial Secretary-Treasurer in 2000. In this position, he was responsible for coordinating various health and safety research projects with a variety of institutions, including Cornell's Institute for Workplace Studies. He was a member of the U.S. DOT Transit Rail Advisory Committee on Safety. He earned a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Baruch/Cornell.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
Sharon Feigon resigned from the committee on March 10, 2017.