Transit Senior Executive Program

Transit Senior Executive Program

Applications are now closed for the 2020 program. If you want to be the first to know about the 2021 program, join our interest list

This 6 day course is an intensive week-long course held in the Washington, DC metro area. All instructors are veteran transit leaders from across the industry. Participants also focus on building individual interpersonal skills in small group settings and role play a real world crisis situation.


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 Transportation Mid-Manager Program and programs offered by APTA and National Transit Institute.



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

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



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The in-person course will take place on March 1st-6th, 2020 in the Alexandria, VA. Program activities will begin in late January and will conclude in May 2020.



The 2020 class agenda will cover the following topics:

  • Leadership
  • 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


  • Gain exposure to and an understanding of the various expectations within a CEO/GM role
  • Reflect on one’s career aspirations relative to those expectations
  • Understand how one can better impact one’s organization
  • Identify personal areas of strength and areas of growth
  • Develop and improve leadership skills
  • Discuss personal challenges confidentially in small groups and with facilitators
  • Provide continuing opportunity to expand leadership skills
  • Gain a shared understanding of organizational culture and how culture is impacted by emerging trends in the transit industry
  • Demonstrate one’s leadership skills in crisis situations
  • Explore one’s values and ethics as it relates to managing relationships with (and communicating with) outside parties (e.g., Boards of Directors and constituents)
  • Understand the value of a strategic narrative to lead & inspire, communicate vision & values, and explain who you are and what you believe
  • Explore how to build alliances and gain support to help market and implement ideas
  • Learn processes and tools for planning, managing and implementing a succession plan
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities relative to attracting millennials to the transit industry and retaining high-performing millennial employees
  • At the end of the week, reflect on the question: Knowing what I know today about the role of a GM/CEO, do I want to become one?



Permanent instruction team includes Carmen Bianco, Principal, Bianco Associates, Teri Fisher, Managing Partner of Insight Strategies, Kevin Catlin, Eno Instructor and Managing Partner of Insight Strategies, 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.


Once accepted to the program tuition can be paid online via the class registration page or through an invoice. If paper invoice is selected, they will be emailed to the participant after registration is complete. 

Payment is due 30 days prior to the first day of the scheduled program. Your seat is not guaranteed until you have registered and paid.

Click to view the Eno’s Cancellation Policies


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


Eno is a Project Management Institute (PMI® )Registered Education Provider. Transit Senior Executive Program participants are eligible for credit once they have completed their program. Information on how to claim the credit will be sent out after the program’s completion.


“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 Grant

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. Applicants should submit a memo or email from supervisors that describes a travel ban or severe limitation of available travel funds. 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 Carolyn Dorf, Events Manager, at or 202-879-4704.

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