Council on Public Transportation

AASHTO Liaison
Shayne Gill, Program Director for Multimodal Transportation

Welcome to the Council on Public Transportation.

The Council on Public Transportation provides public transportation expertise and leadership for advancing public transportation as a part of an intermodal transportation system. It develops legislative, policy, and program recommendations related to all forms of passenger public transportation services including rural, urban, regional and intercity bus, travel demand management and commuter rail.

The Council on Public Transportation investigates available data and disseminates information to Member Departments, collects information on new and improved equipment and practices that will enhance operational aspects, and operates a forum to exchange information. It identifies and receives reports from its subcommittees and task forces as to federal regulatory mandates of national concern.

Through general strategic direction, The Council on Public Transportation supports the Multi-State Transit Technical Assistance Program (MTAP). MTAP’s primary purposes are to provide technical assistance to help states implement Federal Transit Administration Programs, to provide feedback to FTA on implementation issues, and to create a professional network for sharing best practices.

To support this mission over the next two years, the SCOPT 2014-2016 Strategic Plan identifies the following six goals:

  1. Lead and influence national policy related to public transportation;
  2. Advance public transportation as part of an integrated transportation system;
  3. Strengthen the Council’s leadership role within AASHTO and among other national organizations, institutions, and groups with complementary purposes and goals;
  4. Identify and promote research and develop educational resources to support public transportation providers;
  5. Provide world-class technical assistance and support to State DOTs in their delivery of public transportation programs; and
  6. Increase the pool of State DOT professionals willing and able to work with the Council and to serve in leadership roles.

What’s New!

March 27 – Council on Public Transportation & MTAP Webinar on COVID-19 Emergency Relief Legislation & Future Economic Stimulus Package

February 25, 2020 – AASHTO President Patrick McKenna Testimony – Senate Banking Committee hearing

State DOTs Speeding Towards Transit Agency Safety Plan Completion

Rural Project Initiative – U.S. DOT’s Build America Bureau’s presentation to MTAP Steering Committee  (January 8, 2019)

Upcoming Meetings

CTAA EXPO 2020 (Postponed until November)
Louisville, KY
November 15 – 19, 2020


Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation
Washington State Department of Transportation