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APTA names Alexander 2008 Hall of Fame award winner


The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently named Joe Alexander its 2008 Hall of Fame award winner. He will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held during the association's annual meeting in San Diego in October.  

Alexander served on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board for 23 years, holding four separate terms as board chairman. He helped oversee the planning and construction of the original 103-mile Metrorail system and garnered support for transit in the capital region.

Alexander also served on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission board for 24 years, including five terms as chairman, and was the "driving force" in creating the Virginia Railway Express system in the early 1990s, serving eight years on the board.

He was active with APTA for many years, too, holding the chairman post from 1982 to 1984, during which time he established Women in Transit, an initiative promoting equal opportunities for women in the industry.

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