Transit Senior Executive Program

Best for: Senior Managers Career Level: Senior-Level Managers

The 2020 applications will open in the fall of 2019. If you would like to be the first to know about the 2020 class, join the interest list!

The Eno Transit Senior Executive Program is a 6-month long leadership development program designed for senior-level managers in the public transit industry. The program is centered around an intensive week-long seminar held in the Washington, DC area. Participants hear from distinguished guest lecturers, develop their leadership skills, and build connections in the transit industry. The Program is entering its 14th year and has more than 500 alumni.

The TSE Program is designed for top public and private transit executives to participate in an intensive and confidential forum on strategic management, leadership, and critical emerging industry issues. In addition to the four instructors, participants learn from more than a dozen guest lecturers who are current or former transit general managers, senior Federal officials, or senior private sector staff.  Admission to the Program is selective, and a nomination/application process is required.


The program is tailored specifically for senior-level managers–generally in the top 2-3 layers of the organizational chart–who have a strong commitment to the public transportation industry and serve in a senior leadership capacity. GMs at smaller properties will also find the program helpful. The Program helps participants prepare for the next step in their career. The class is appropriate for executives from public agencies, contract operators, private sector firms.

Participation in other leadership programs will be given extra consideration during admission, including the Eno Transit Mid-Manager Seminar and programs offered by APTA and National Transit Institute.


Applications for the 2020 program will open in the fall of 2019. If you would like to be the first to know about the 2020 class, join the interest list!

Application Form

All required application materials for each applicant must be posted to the Transit Senior Executive Program online application form by the end of the day, Friday, November 15, 2019, for applicants to be eligible to be considered to participate in the 2020 Transit Senior Executive Program. The application form will not be open after this deadline.

Individuals interested in applying for the program must provide the following information:

    1. Online Application
    2. Statement of Interest
    3. Updated Resume
    4. Nomination Letter
    5. Scholarship Information

A sample application and detailed instructions for the TSE application can be found here!

TSE App Instructions

Sample TSE Application

If you have questions or issues with the online forms, contact Erin Shumate at eshumate@enotrans.org or call 202-879-4703.


The in-person course will take place on March 1st – 6th, 2020 in the Washington, DC metro area. Program activities will begin in late January and will conclude in June 2020.

The 2020 class agenda will cover the following topics:


Managing Board Relationships

Change Management

Organizational Communications

Generational Diversity

Safety and Security

Crisis Management

Managing Private Sector Relationships

Participants in the Program can expect:

  • During the 6-day course:
    • Participants will hear more than 12 nationally recognized experts who will share their perspective from decades of experience
    • Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share individual challenges with their peers and faculty in small confidential groups
    • Participants will experience interactive real world exercises
  • An online course portal to connect with classmates, share information, and work collaboratively after class.
  • A pre-course 360 leadership evaluation by supervisors, subordinates, and peers. Each participant receives a written report and a one-on-one confidential coaching session with an instructor.
  • Post-course webinars to reinforce class content




Permanent instruction team includes Teri Fisher, Eno Senior Advisor and Managing Partner of Insight Strategies, Kevin Catlin, Eno Instructor and Managing Partner of Insight Strategies, and Howard Permut, Eno Senior Advisor and retired President of MTA Metro North Railroad.


Tuition for the Transit Senior Executive Program is $4,475. Tuition includes most meals during the in-person class. There is an option for 5 nights of hotel and tuition for $6,000. Tuition also grants lifetime Eno Alumni Association membership and Tuition includes a 6-month complimentary membership to the new web-based Eno Transportation Weekly, the premier transportation publication covering real-time legislative and regulatory industry news, upon completion of the program.

Participants are responsible for travel to and from the class, lodging, and certain meals. It is estimated that travel and lodging will cost approximately $2200, but may vary depending on the student’s city of origin and travel schedule. Partial travel support may be available (see Scholarships below), and Eno will facilitate roommate matching to reduce lodging costs.


A tuition invoice will be sent to the student upon acceptence. Payment is due 30 days prior to the first day of the scheduled program.

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A room block has been reserved at the Westin Alexandria Old Town for a special rate of $179.00, plus 15.75% tax/occupancy rate, per night for a standard guest room. Information on how to make reservations will be sent directly to the students after they have been selected.

The Westin Alexandria Old Town
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 253-8600


“As a participant in the Senior Executive Seminar, and seeing the progression of our emerging leaders who have also participated, I can attest to the value of the coaching, mentoring and leadership development embedded in the program. I encourage up and coming transportation executives to take advantage of this innovative program which will not only enhance their professional development skills but also serve as an invaluable networking opportunity.”
Greg Kelly, USA President and CEO, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

“The TSE Eno class was excellent! Participants were able to connect and interact in smaller groups, and build professional relationships with their peers.  Instructors and speakers were highly professional and knowledgeable in their area of expertise.”
Aida Copic, Director of Planning, Transit Authority of River City

“The camaraderie built among the classmates is unparalleled, as everyone in the room is a leader and a technical expert.  It provides a safe environment for real conversations about the individual, the organizations they are part of, in the industry as a whole.”
Chris Trujillo, Chief of Police, New Jersey Transit

‘It was refreshing to participate in a training program that was truly transformative. There are so many positive things I can say about the course, from the content and speakers to the 360 feedback. I would encourage anyone thinking about participating to go for it. It’s worth spending a week with such a high level of transit professionals.”
Lisa Reinheimer, Director of Planning and Development, Monterey-Salinas Transit


There are three scholarship opportunities available to Transit Executive Seminar applicants: a) The Frank J. Lichtanski Memorial Scholarship offered by the American Public Transportation Foundation; b)  the Robert J. Prince, Jr. Scholarship offered by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO); and c) Eno Alumni Fund Travel Grants. Participants apply to scholarships simultaneously with their application to the Program. If a participant is admitted but is not awarded a scholarship, he or she can choose to attend at full tuition or defer admission to a later year.

Frank J. Lichtanski Memorial Scholarship
The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) has honored Frank J. Lichtanski, long time General Manager/CEO of Monterey-Salinas Transit in California by creating the Frank J. Lichtanski Scholarship Fund. Mr. Lichtanski is remembered for his 31 years of dedication to providing the very best transit service to the people of Monterey County. In memory of his dedication to the public transit industry and support of small and medium-sized transit agencies, the scholarship has been established to provide tuition support in the amount of $2,500 (participant’s agency will be invoiced for remaining tuition costs) to an eligible candidate from a small or medium-sized transit agency. The winner of the Frank Lichtanski Scholarship also receives a waiver of registration fees for the APTA Annual Meeting.

Robert Prince, Jr. Scholarship
The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and AECOM have honored Robert Prince, Jr. for his dedication to the growth and development of emerging leaders in the transit industry by creating the Robert Prince Scholarship. Mr. Prince has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the education of the transit workforce in his roles as a leader in the public and private sectors of the transportation industry, in his volunteer commitment to youth in Boston, and as board member of COMTO and the American Public Transportation Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior leader in the transit industry who currently reports directly to the General Manager/CEO. The recipient should have a career goal to become a transit General Manager/CEO in a rural, small urban or urban transit agency. Preference is given to current members of COMTO. The winner of the Robert Prince Scholarship also receives a registration waiver and travel support to the COMTO Annual Conference, and is encouraged to participate in the COMTO Leadership Institute.

Eno Alumni Fund Travel Grants
Admitted participants who demonstrate difficulty in obtaining employer-paid travel can receive a travel grant from the Eno Alumni Fund. The Eno Alumni Fund is supported by small donations by previous Eno graduates and other supporters. Awards are capped at $500 and may be paid using direct billed travel/lodging. Preference will be given to students who must pay for the balance of travel costs using personal funds.


For questions about the Transit Senior Executive Program, please contact Erin Shumate, Deputy Director, Professional Development Programs, at eshumate@enotrans.org or (202) 879-4703.

Upcoming Course Dates

March 1, 2020 - March 6, 2020


The Westin Alexandria Old Town
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria VA 22314


Tuition for the Transit Senior Executive Program is $4,475. Tuition includes most meals during the in-person class. There is an option for 5 nights of hotel and tuition for $6,000. Tuition also grants lifetime Eno Alumni Association membership and Tuition includes a 6-month complimentary membership to the new web-based Eno Transportation Weekly, the premier transportation publication covering real-time legislative and regulatory industry news, upon completion of the program.

Registration Deadline:

November 15, 2019
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