William W. Millar

William Millar is a well known expert in the fields of public transportation and transportation policy, who effectively led the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) serving as its President from 1996 to 2011.

Millar served 19 years at the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the principal transit operator serving Pittsburgh, PA. As executive director from 1983-1996, he oversaw the development and operation of bus, busway, light rail, paratransit and inclined plane service. He is the founder of Pittsburgh’s award-winning ACCESS paratransit service. 

In the 1970’s Bill worked for the Pennsylvania DOT where he developed and managed Pennsylvania’s Free Transit Program for Senior Citizens and led its rural public and community transit efforts.

Millar, a strong supporter of transportation research, received the Founding Father Award for his leadership in establishing the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). He was a member of the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) for over two decades serving as its chair in 1992. 

A frequent conference speaker and university lecturer, Bill has testified before the U.S. Congress and authored many articles. He serves on the governing boards of several organizations including New Flyer Industries, Inc. and Reconnecting America and as a Senior Advisor for Rail and Transit at H.W. Lochner, Inc. He is a member of the High Speed Rail Expert Review Panel for the Texas Transportation Institute.

Millar is the recipient of many awards including APTA’s Jesse Haugh Award as Transit Manager of the Year (1987); the TRB’s W. N. Carey, Jr. Distinguished Service Award (1999) and Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship (2012); Railway Age’s Graham Claytor Award (2006); the Texas Transportation Institute’s Director’s Research Champion Award (2008) and the Eno Foundation’s Award for Transportation Excellence (2011). Bill has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the Council of University Centers (CUTC) and was inducted into the Intelligent Transportation Society of America Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bill has a BA from Northwestern University in geography and an MA from the University of Iowa in urban transportation planning and policy analysis.