The Public Transit Leadership Institute (PTLI) is a year-long program for mid- to senior-level managers aspiring to serve in an executive leadership role. The curriculum, under the instruction and mentoring of experienced NYPTA and transit industry executives, provides enhanced opportunities for professional development and career advancement in the transit industry. Click here to see a list of current PTLI participants and graduates.

PTLI gives participants a first-hand look at -- and in many instances hands-on experience in -- the role of a transit agency executive. Each participant is assigned a Dean to instruct, explain and mentor him or her through the activities designed to help prepare him or her to manage and lead a transit organization. The activities include tours of transit operations large and small, roundtable discussions, webinars, advocacy events, observation of boards of directors meetings, small independent assignments and more.

The Institute begins each year at the New York State Public Transit Fall Conference. Enrollees attend an orientation session, meet the Institute's mentors, participate in roundtable discussions, engage in networking exercises and take a field trip to visit and tour the Capital District Transportation Authority.

Strategic Management
Operations & Management
Procurement/Contractor Relationships
Finance & Budgeting
Crisis Management
Board & Labor Relations
Public Speaking & Media Relations
Hiring/Employee Motivation

The New York Public Transit Leadership Institute is open to mid- to senior-level transit professionals with two to three years' preferred experience in transit management. A candidate must be nominated for acceptance by a senior- or executive-level manager at his or her current place of employment, to whom he or she has reported. Self-nominations are accepted along with a letter of recommendation.

The class will be limited to 10 people. The program seeks to have a diverse cross-section of participants. Candidates whose applications are unsuccessful may reapply.

Acceptance into the Leadership Institute requires a commitment to attend the activities, perform required assignments, and actively participate in the designated opportunities. Participants who miss more than two sessions may apply to make it up in the following class year. Completion of the entire program is required for graduation.

Graduates will be recognized during the Public Transit Fall Conference for their completion of the Leadership Institute course of study. They will be presented a Certificate of Excellence noting their commitment to the transit industry and their professional development. All graduates will be listed on the New York Public Transit Leadership Institute website. Graduates will also be asked to evaluate the program and provide input into the future of the Institute and its programs.

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