Transit veteran Joseph Calabrese joins the FocusedTS team as Senior Advisor.
Forty-year transit industry veteran Joseph Calabrese has chosen to link arms with Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway by joining onto our Focused Technology Solutions team as Senior Advisor, effective April 1.
Calabrese comes to FocusedTS following 19 years as CEO and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), where he oversaw operation of a multi-modal transit system consisting of light and heavy rail, bus, and BRT (bus rapid transit) paratransit and vanpool services. Previously, he was President and Executive Director of the Central New York RTA.
Not only has Calabrese been the President of both the New York State and Ohio Public Transit Associations in the past, but he has been and continues to be a current board member of APTA (American Public Transportation Association), where he has participated on numerous committees as Rail CEO, Bus CEO, Member Services, Legislative, and Access.
He has been a past chair of the Rail CEO Committee, BRT Task Force, and MRDG (Metropolitan Rail Discussion Group) - an alliance of 10 of the largest legacy transit agencies in the U.S. that owns and operates the vast majority of the nation’s metropolitan rail network.
Calabrese holds an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Buffalo. He has completed post-graduate fellowships at Northeast University, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. His accolades include being recognized with a Transportation Achievement Award from the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, as well as being named an APTA Outstanding Public Transit Manager, among other awards.
“As Senior Advisor, Joe will utilize his 40-plus years of experience in the transit industry to identify problems and issues that advanced technology can address, and then to work toward development of relevant products and services,” said Focused Technology Solutions President Peter Bartek. “Our mission is to solve transit industry problems with innovative technology.”