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Connecticut DOT Commissioner Giulietti Receives the Distinguished Service Award from APTA

Joseph Giulietti
Joseph Giulietti
NEW HAVEN, CT — The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announces that Commissioner Joseph Giulietti received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for his 50-plus years of service in the transportation industry. Giulietti received the Distinguished Service Award for his vision, leadership, and commitment to public transportation.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Distinguished Service Award from APTA. My first job in transportation was in 1971 taking tickets on the trains from New Haven to New York. I never dreamed in that moment that transportation would be a career that spanned the next six decades,” Giulietti said. “I am grateful to APTA and our partners that are making a difference in the communities we serve."

A 51-year veteran of the public transportation industry and a native of New Haven, Connecticut, Giulietti began his career in 1971 with Penn Central Railroad as a Brakeman and Conductor while he was still in college. In 1978, he became a Road Foreman with Conrail and joined Metro-North Railroad in 1983 as Superintendent of Transportation, and later became Engineer of Track for the Harlem and Hudson lines. Giulietti then served as Deputy Executive Director and then Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) from 1998 to 2014. After 14 years at SFRTA, Giulietti was tapped by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to serve as President of Metro-North. He retired from Metro-North in 2017 and then worked as an Independent Industry Consultant.

He was nominated as CTDOT Commissioner by Governor Ned Lamont in January 2019 and confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly a month later. Giulietti led 3,000-plus CTDOT employees through the COVID-19 pandemic, where public transportation continued to run and was never shut down. CTDOT capital investments and infrastructure projects also continued as planned during the pandemic.

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