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APTA Photo of the Month
Photo by Mitchell Wood

THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY Metro-politan Transportation Authority and
photographer Jacob Carl Greenlund are this month's winners of APTA's 2020
Photo Invitational. This photo is a great example of public transportation at
work, showing its importance to the community.
Hundreds of entries were submitted to APTA's 2020 Photo Invitational.
Twelve photos were selected as Photos of the Month and will be featured in
Passenger Transport throughout 2020.
APTA Secretary-Treasurer Freddie C. Fuller II (left) and COMTO's Brad Mims (right) discuss diversity,
inclusion, opportunity and partnership with APTA.

COMTO, APTA Celebrate
Partnership in Diversity

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APTA AND THE CONFERENCE of
Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)
have a shared history of ensuring diversity and inclusion in the public transportation industry. COMTO National Chair
and APTA Secretary-Treasurer Freddie C.
Fuller II, and COMTO National President
and CEO Brad Mims visited the APTA
offices in Washington, D.C. Feb. 13 in
cele-bration of Black History Month as
part of APTA's Diversity and Inclusion
initiatives.
Fuller shared the history of COMTO's
founding, emphasizing the importance of
its collaborations. "The COMTO founders wanted to be strategic about how
they engaged and how they got their
voice across to demand the need for
more minorities and African American
leaders in transit," he said. "Partnering
with APTA helped open those doors."
Today, passion is still the main driver
behind COMTO's commitment to
its work. "I come to work every day
because I can have an impact on people
like me in transportation," said Fuller.

"We have come a long way, but there are
still challenges to address in our industry. And as long as there are challenges,
there is a need for COMTO."
Moving forward, Mims identified technology as one of those challenges that
COMTO plans to address. "Technology
in transportation is constantly changing.
What can we do to keep minorities at
the forefront of those changes?"
Scholarship and internship funding
are also important facets of COMTO's
mission. Mims said COMTO will continue to provide mentoring and networking opportunities, something that
is close to Mims' heart. He credits his
early industry contacts and access
to opportunities for his success. "If it
weren't for mentorship, I wouldn't be
where I am today," he said.
If APTA and COMTO's past success
is any indication, the two organizations
are poised for a bright future. "We're
doing great things and I want to continue to work with APTA to keep moving
COMTO forward," said Mims.


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Passenger Transport February 2020 Vol 78 No 4

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