Announcement Date: September 30, 2016
From September 26 to 30, the Center for Democracy in the Americas led an exploratory trip for members of the American Public Transportation Association to Cuba to understand the general political, economic, and social climate in Cuba, with a specific focus on public transportation. The delegation, led by APTA Executive Committee Vice Chair Valarie McCall, visited key public transportation sites, including the Omnibus Terminal of Havana, “La Lanchita de Regla” ferry terminal, and “El Paradero,” a multimodal transportation terminal in the Playa municipality. CDA also arranged meetings with top US and Cuban diplomats, Charles Baker of Global Ports Management Limited (PSA), Cuban economists, artists, and private entrepreneurs, including the owners of a car restoration business and a bicycle repair shop. CDA was honored to support this first-of-its-kind initiative for the American Public Transportation Association: a peer-to-peer dialogue aimed at long-term opportunities for US-Cuba partnership in transit.