Steve Bland is the CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, and is responsible for overseeing the planning and operation of all bus, light rail, incline and paratransit operations. A 21-year transit professional, Mr. Bland previously served as Executive Director of the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) in Albany, NY; Executive Director of rabbittransit in York, Pa; and managed transit operations in Syracuse, NY, Gloucester, Mass., and Dallas, Texas. Under his leadership, he has striven towards significant improvements in maintenance and ridership. At CDTA alone he achieved a one-year ridership gain of 11 percent. Mr. Bland is a strong advocate for accessible and affordable public transportation for persons with disabilities. He holds degrees in public affairs, in transportation planning and management, and in public finance.