Hall of Fame

The Most Distinguished Individuals in Florida Public Transportation

This is the highest honor that our association can bestow.  In our 40+ year history, the Board and members of the Florida Public Transportation Association have only chosen a select few individuals to be honored with induction to our Hall of Fame.

The people listed below have made a significant and lasting impact in advancing public transportation in Florida and we are very proud that each has chosen to work alongside the FPTA.

2008 – Wil Barnes

Wil Barnes was a model general manager dedicated to quality public service, and was a pioneer in the art of transitioning private transit providers into public transportation agencies.  He was instrumental in creating the PAT system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the...

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2007 – Gary Brosch

The Florida Public Transportation Association welcomes Mr.Gary Brosch into its Hall of Fame. Gary has been directly involved in policy and research associated with public transportation since 1981 when he worked as a Special Economic Advisor for the Urban Mass...

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2007 – Senator James Hargrett

The Florida Public Transportation Association welcomes former state Senator  James T. (Jim) Hargrett, Jr.,  into our Hall of Fame.  In 1990, while Chairing the House of Representatives Committee on Public Transportation, then Representative Hargrett was instrumental...

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2006 – Ken Fischer

Kenneth P. Fischer’s has served the Florida Public Transportation Association in a number of ways.  He chaired numerous committees, was the FPTA Chair in 1991, as well as Vice-Chair and Secretary Treasurer in prior years.  But Ken’s greatest contribution to FPTA...

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2006 – Tom Gustafson

The Florida Public Transportation Association welcomes Tom Gustafson into our Hall of Fame.  While Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in 1990, Tom Gustafson was instrumental in Florida’s transit systems attaining one of its greatest legislative triumphs –...

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2005 – Congressman John Mica

John L. Mica began his service to Florida’s 7th Congressional District in 1993.  He is currently in his seventh Term, and serves, among other posts, as Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rep. Mica is...

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2004 – John L. “Larry” Carter

Larry Carter’s life has revolved around public transit.  With his father, President of Cities Transit in Tallahassee, Larry began his transit career as a teen filling chewing gum dispensers on buses and rebuilding fuel injectors.  He eventually worked in virtually...

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