tenure as executive vice president of APTA
, Jack Gilstrap
steered the association through difficult years for the transit industry and managed to double its membership, which shot from 600 to 1,200.Under Gilstrap's
leadership, beginning in 1980, APTA
attained financial security, raising reserves from zero up to $10 million.He
oversaw the creation of more than 50 new programs, including the American Public Transit Foundation
scholarship program and the Transit Cooperative Research Program.
retirement from APTA
in 1996, the association initiated a scholarship in his
was also inducted into its Hall of Fame.Prior to joining APTA, Gilstrap served for 10 years as general manager of the Southern California Rapid Transit District.