Gennaro “Rino” Saliceto

Safety and Health Consultant Transit Safety and Workforce DevelopmentLocation: CUT 246
Phone: 813-974-7748
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Gennaro Saliceto, WSO CSE  

 Phone: 813-974-7748 




Mr. Saliceto is a Safety and Health Consultant and member of Transit Safety and Workforce Development at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF. He helps FDOT to ensure Florida agencies compliance with rules and regulations, offering technical assistance, and conducting compliance triennial reviews.  Mr. Saliceto has more than 20 years of extensive international background in public transportation operations and safety, including roles as Director of a Transportation Center in Spain, consultant for safety, security, drug and alcohol, and training for the main Transit Authority in Valencia Spain, and most recently as Safety and Security Officer for Space Coast Area Transit in Cocoa, Florida.  In his role as Safety Officer, Mr. Saliceto implemented an Accident Investigation Program and created a System Safety and Security Program Management Plan. Besides, he developed a training program for bus operators. These programs have been recognized by the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) which awarded the agency first place in safety implementation for 2016. He is a certified Safety Executive and a Certified Safety Instructor Senior Level by WSO, a Florida Transit Trainer, and a Drug and Alcohol Manager certified by FDOT. He also holds the TSSP certificate through TSI in both rail and bus and most recently he completed the PTSCTP program for both transportation modes, bus and rail.  He provides several training courses for CUTR and he is involved in different FTA rail and bus research projects. Mr. Saliceto has been one of the authors of a paper titled “The Role of Public Transportation during a State of Emergency Declaration due to Natural Disasters” which has been accepted for presentation at the APTA Bus & Paratransit Annual Conference and the International Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Mr. Saliceto also contributed to different TRB researches, such as “Nonpunitive Reporting System” and “Over the Counter and Prescription Drug Use in the Public Transit Industry”. He also served as lieutenant in the Italian Army, Mountain Special Forces, and he was honored with a Gold Medal for Distinguished Service during his participation in the U.N. Mission named Albatros (ONUMOZ 1992-1994). 


  • Safety and Training Coordinator – Space Coast Area Transit, Cocoa, FL 
  • Transit Safety and Operation Supervisor – City of Ket West, FL 
  • Director of Transportation Center – Ae Salla, S.L., Valencia, Spain 


  • BS Organizational Leadership – Major Occupation Safety and Health 

Waldorf University 


  • FEMA: Emergency Management – Several Courses (30) 
  • WORLD SAFETY ORGANIZATION: Certified Safety Instructor Senior Level (CSI-SL) and Certified Safety Executive (CSE) 
  • TRANSPORTATION SAFETY INSTITUTE (TSI): Transit Safety and Security Program Certificate (TSSP) Bus and Rail and several courses (19) 
  • STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT)Drug and Alcohol Program Manager and Compliance Certificate and Florida Transit Operator Trainer Training Program