Billy Terry serves as Director of the National Transit Institute (NTI) in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. NTI is the federally designated training and education program for the U.S. public transit industry. He assumed the role of Director in December 2018 after serving as Associate Director.
Prior to his role at NTI, Terry served as Senior Legislative Representative at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) where he advocated for federal public transportation funding and legislation that enhances the operation of transit services across the country.
Before his work at APTA, Terry served as Associate Chief Administrative Officer and then as Senior Federal Relations Officer at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in Washington, DC. He also served as Senior Advisor to the Director at the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and represented several transit agencies, municipalities, and regional development authorities as Manager of Government Relations at Van Scoyoc Associates. Terry began his career in Washington, DC as Manager of Special Projects in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Presidential Management Fellow.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from Penn State University, a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh, and has completed graduate studies in Resource and Managerial Economics at Cornell University.
Terry serves on the Transit Cooperative Research Program Oversight and Project Selection Committee and sits on the APTA Workforce Development and Legislative Committees.