Home Skip to main content

Staff Bio

David Lee
Contract Faculty
Phone: (860)729-6311
Email: davelee.transit@gmail.com

Lee serves as contract faculty to present the Transit I – Foundations and Transit II – Pillars courses for SURCOM. He also serves as co-presenter for a course on Transportation Planning Process for the National Transit Institute at Rutgers, as Senior Business Transit Advisor to AECOM, and as an independent contractor for First Transit. He formerly served as adjunct faculty at the University of Hartford's.

Lee has spent his entire 50-year career in public transportation, including 22 years as General Manager of CTtransit where he oversaw the State-owned bus systems serving the Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford urbanized areas. He also served for almost 20 years as Area Vice President for First Transit, providing corporate liaison and technical assistance for First Transit managed locations throughout New England.


  • 2022-Present, Contract Faculty, SURCOM/NDSU
  • 2018-Present, Co-Presenter, National Transit Institute
  • 2020-Present, Senior Business Transit Advisor, AECOM (part-time)
  • 2020-Present, Independent Contractor, First Transit (part-time)
  • 2001-2019, Area Vice President, First Transit (part-time)
  • 2015-2018, Adjunct Faculty, University of Hartford, Graduate College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
  • 1995-2017, General Manager, CTtransit
  • 1990-1995, Asst. General Manager for Operations, CTtransit
  • 1983-1990, Asst. General Manager for Administration, CTtransit
  • 1979-1983, Director of Planning and Development, Metropolitan Transit Commission, St. Paul, MN
  • 1978-1979, Director of Planning and Policy Analysis, American Public Transit Administration
  • 1971-1978, Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Washington, DC


  • B.A., Political Science, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
  • M.A., Political Science, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Transit Cooperative Research Program Oversight and Project Selection Committee (TOPS), former member and Chair; former member of the TCRP J-7 Synthesis Project Oversight Committee. Served on numerous oversight panels for TCRP research and synthesis projects.
  • The Rideshare Company, member of the Board of Directors.
  • NorthEast Passenger Transportation Association (NEPTA), current member and past president; NEPTA Hall of Fame inductee.
  • Connecticut Association of Community Transportation, current member and former Executive Committee member.
  • National Transit Institute, advisory board member.
  • Transportation Research Board, Committee on Transit Management and Performance.
  • American Public Transportation Association, Bus and Paratransit CEO's and Mid-Size Bus CEO's Committees.
  • Panel member for joint FTA-NTI-APT project to develop a National Transit Curriculum.
NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050