New Flyer Board Member, Bill Millar Named to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Hall of Fame
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – October 1, 2013: (TSX:NFI; TSX:NFI.DB.U) New Flyer Industries Inc. (“New Flyer” or the “Company”), the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in Canada and the United States, announced that after 40 years of active involvement in US public transit in a variety of capacities, New Flyer Board Member William W. (Bill) Millar was inducted in the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Hall of Fame.
With degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Iowa, Bill began his career at Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County Planning Commission, where he co-authored a study that led to the founding of Lancaster’s Red Rose Transit Authority. Recruited to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to establish a program for the State providing free public transit program for senior citizens, Bill demonstrated an interest in expanding public transit for underserved populations, resulting in pioneering efforts in rural public transportation, small urban area transit planning, and expanding transportation choices for senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.
In 1977, Bill joined the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh to implement an innovative agent/broker concept to use existing transportation providers to form an integrated transportation network for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. The award-winning ACCESS Paratransit became the largest such service in the world.
In 1983, Bill was named to lead the Port Authority and began an aggressive agenda to improve all aspects of the organization. He introduced innovative, customer-focused quality management practices that are commonplace today and expanded the innovative Bus Rapid Transit network. He was recognized for these and other efforts when APTA named him Transit Manager of the Year in 1987.
Bill has been involved in many professional organizations throughout his career. He served the Transportation Research Board (TRB) on its executive committee from 1988 to 1996 and as its chair in 1992. In 1986-87, he chaired a TRB committee of industry leaders that analyzed the need for public transit research and recommended creation of what ultimately became the Transit Cooperation Research Program (TCRP). After heading the task force inside APTA that worked with Congress to include TCRP authorizing language in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, Bill chaired the first TCRP governing body for four years.
As an APTA member, Bill served in many capacities – including 13 years on the APTA Board of Directors and seven years in three different positions on the Executive Committee – before being chosen as APTA’s President in 1996. In his 15 years as APTA’s President, Bill transformed APTA into a true industry-wide partnership that reflects the full diversity of the industry and the changing identity of those who work in it: women, minorities, public transit, passenger rail, waterborne services, public agencies, private entities, governing boards, and officials at every level of government.
Bill joined the New Flyer Board of Directors in May 2012.
About New Flyer
New Flyer is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in Canada and the United States. The Company is the industry technology leader and offers the broadest product line including drive systems powered by: clean diesel, natural gas and electric trolley as well as energy-efficient diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. All buses are supported by an industry-leading comprehensive warranty and support program, and service network. New Flyer and NABI also operate the transit industry’s most sophisticated aftermarket parts organization, sourcing parts from hundreds of different suppliers and providing support for all types of heavy-duty transit buses.
Together New Flyer and NABI employ over 3,000 team members with manufacturing, fabrication, parts distribution and service centers in both Canada and the United States. Further information is available on New Flyer’s web site at www.www.newflyer.com.
The common shares and convertible unsecured subordinated debentures of the Company are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NFI and NFI.DB.U, respectively.
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