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COMTO Statement of Support for USDOT's "Ladders of Opportunity" Initiative

Wednesday, April 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brandi Williams

Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Supports U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx’s Ladders of Opportunity Initiative

April 1, 2016


Contact: Lauren Gunn,, 202-857-8065.

The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) thanks Secretary Foxx and the U.S. Department of Transportation for launching the Ladders of Opportunity initiative. As an organization whose mission focuses on engendering equal access to the transportation sector, it pleases us to say that this initiative squarely embodies the letter and spirit of that mission. This initiative is the answer to what COMTO and what the underserved communities and communities of color that it serves have long sought.  

Not only is this initiative important to the history of this nation and its legacy of inclusion, but it provides a sustainable platform for our organization and all other like-minded stakeholders to undertake efforts that are meaningful and dispositive. The Ladders of Opportunity has the potential to remove institutional barriers to participation, create opportunity where it otherwise wouldn't exist, and in some cases, save lives.


More information about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Ladders of Opportunities initiatives, including a short video previewing this important dialogue, can be found at



About the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials


Founded in 1971, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) was created to provide a forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry. COMTO’s mission is to ensure opportunities and maximum participation in transportation for minority individuals, businesses, and communities of color, through advocacy, information sharing, training, education, and professional development. The organization’s membership includes individuals, groups, transportation agencies, private sector corporations, nonprofit organizations, and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs).