Lisa Staes, TSWD Program Director

Lisa Staes

Transit Safety and Workforce Development Programs

Program Director


Phone: (813) 974-9787



B.S., Geography, Florida State University, 1987

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)/Florida Department of Transportation Leadership Academy, 1997


Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs and policies

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant programs and directives, transit safety, transit planning

Transportation disadvantaged planning

State and federal transportation legislation


Ms. Staes leads a highly successful and motivated team that manages a number of transit safety and transit training and workforce development-related programs and projects.  In addition, she has performed research and managed projects and programs in the areas of transit safety and security, including bus operator assaults, and transit collisions/collision mitigation efforts; bus operator simulator training and the role of simulator training in reducing transit incidents; training certificate programs and elements of success; additional transit safety-related research and technical assistance on a number of specific issues areas; alternative mobility strategies; rural and senior mobility initiatives; and coordinated transportation system planning.  Ms. Staes is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Task Force on Transit Safety and Security, is the Chair of the American Public Transportation Association’s Bus Safety Committee, and is a member of APTA Bus Standards Policy and Planning Committee.


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