Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton B. Forbes has been named to the National Transit Institute (NTI) Board of Directors. Forbes brings 30 years of experience in transit and public service to the team of experts who are molding the future of public transportation.
Forbes was chosen for his active participation in a number of industry organizations, including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). He is also seen as a leader who has a pulse of what’s going on in the industry and is known for having insightful perspective on nationwide transportation issues, NTI Associate Director Billy Terry said.
NTI at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey was established under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 to develop, promote, and deliver training and education programs for the public transit industry. The national training is funded with federal dollars with the goal of enhancing everything from industry, procurement, database, construction management, rules/regulations through courses across the country. Approximately 300 training sessions are put on annually, and since its inception 25 years ago, NTI estimates more than 200,000 people have benefitted from the trainings.
Terry said Forbes thinks big when it comes to transportation, always putting mid-scale Palm Tran in the context of larger transportation systems. “Our advisory board supports NTI’s program development and strategic planning,” Terry said. “Clinton’s years of experience as an innovative and dynamic transit executive will significantly add to NTI’s future.”
“Any industry is only as good as the workers in it,” said Forbes. “I would argue the most critical aspect of the transportation industry is the people who work in it. If you don’t have a motivated, educated workforce, your product of safe, reliable transportation will suffer.”
Traditionally, NTI board appointments do not have a set term. Several members have spent many years serving on the board. Terry said NTI welcomes Forbes and looks forward to him sharing his insights to strengthen NTI programs.