Month: February 2022

Celebrating and Reflecting DEI’s Progress During Women’s History Month

Dear COMTO Members and Supporters, Much has changed as I reflect upon my career in engineering over the past 37 years. According to the U.S. census, in 1970, women made up 38% of all U.S. workers and 8% of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workers. By 2019, the STEM proportion had increased to 27%, …

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New Flyer Signs Onto APTA’s Racial Equity Commitment Program

St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA – February 23, 2022: (TSX: NFI, OTC: NFYEF, TSX: NFI.DB) NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), a leading independent bus and coach manufacturer and a leader in electric mass mobility solutions, today announced that its subsidiary New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”) has signed onto the American Public Transit Association’s (“APTA”) Racial …

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COMTO Boston Partners with MassDOT, University of New Hampshire and Others to Provide STEM Programming for Kids this Spring

COMTO Boston supplies the next generation of transportation leaders with resources and inspiration through mentorship and STEM programming. The T-STEM webinar series engages and educates 6th–12th graders with National Network for Transportation Workforce content. COMTO Boston appreciates the program sponsors!

Toronto Transit Commission Is Proud to Recognize Lunar New Year and Black History Month

For the first time, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) recognized Lunar New Year organization-wide. TTC wrapped one streetcar and four buses in spectacular themed vehicle wraps. TTC also partnered with the City of Toronto’s StARToronto Program to showcase 16 unique art pieces and stories of eight artists representing Black communities in Toronto as part of …

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Growing Diversity Leadership in Florida Transportation

By Clinton B. ForbesChair of the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA)Executive Director at Palm Tran Transportation is about movement and progress. For decades, progress in diversity in public transportation has been represented with a vast of women and men of all racial and ethnic backgrounds working as bus operators, mechanics and some administrative positions. Top …

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COMTO Members’ Sons Continue Stem Tradition as Finalist in FAA Airport Design Challenge

Congratulations to COMTO Michigan Board Member Dayo Akinyemi on his sons, Iyi and Ayo, being members of two teams selected as finalists for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Design Challenge! The Airport Design Challenge is an interactive eight-week learning and collaboration opportunity sponsored by the FAA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Aviation and …

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NextGen Corner: Meet KCATA’s Whitney Morgan

Meet Whitney Morgan, Grants Specialist for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA). Whitney has accomplished a lot in his relatively short time at COMTO. He is the 2020 COMTO Reverend Jerry Moore President’s Leadership Award recipient. This award recognizes a COMTO Chapter President who has demonstrated exemplary leadership within COMTO, significantly impacted their local chapter …

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GCRTA Signs The Hispanic Promise

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) is the first transit authority pledging to hire, promote, retain and develop Hispanic employees. On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at the conclusion of a GCRTA Board meeting, agency leadership made it official with the signing of The Hispanic Promise by GCRTA General Manager, Chief Executive Officer India Birdsong …

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