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 2015 APTA Conferences

The American Public Transportation Association, the leader in public transportation education and networking, is pleased to announce its 2015 conference, seminar, and workshop schedule.

These events have been developed to improve the knowledge and skill set (professional and technical) of transit professionals at all levels of their careers. These meetings also serve as an unparalleled marketing tool for public transportation manufacturers and suppliers, bringing buyers and sellers face-to-face.

Please note that not all meeting dates and locations for 2015 have been finalized. Please check back later as we update the schedule.

2015 APTA Conferences Schedule

JANUARY

  • Business Member Board of Governors Annual Business Meeting
    January 26-28
    PGA National Resort and Spa | Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    This meeting focuses on issues related to doing business in the public transportation industry ranging from business development, procurement and workforce development to government affairs and regulatory issues. It’s also an outstanding opportunity for business networking.

    Who should attend: transit sector leaders from business member companies, including OEMs, suppliers, contractors, consultants, contract operators, and A&E firms -- small business members are also encouraged to attend!

    Contact: APTA's Beverly Hill at 202.496.4315 or bhill@apta.com

FEBRUARY

  • Transit CEOs Seminar
    February 7-10
    Renaissance Phoenix Downtown | Phoenix, AZ

    This unique executive leadership forum on emerging trends and best practices focuses on public transportation management and policy, labor relations, funding and finance, capital projects, TransitStat, board member code of conduct and ethics, vehicle maintenance programs, attracting new leaders, workforce development, and more. Join the open exchanges with your colleagues and offer your perspectives. A separate track of study for deputy CEOs will be offered in preparing to become a CEO.

    Who should attend: chief executives of public transportation systems and their deputies – senior executives who wish to move to a CEO position

    Contact: APTA's Lynne Morsen at 202.496.4853 or lmorsen@apta.com
    #APTAceos15

  • Legal Affairs Seminar
    February 22-24
    Hyatt French Quarter| New Orleans, LA

    Provides up-to-date information on regulatory/legislative developments, industry-related litigation, and other legal issues affecting the transit industry.

    Who should attend: attorneys representing all APTA members

    Contact: APTA's Jim LaRusch at 202.496.4808 or jlarusch@apta.com
    #APTAlegal15

  • Marketing & Communications Workshop
    February 22-25
    West Palm Beach Marriott | West Palm Beach, FL

    Intensive and interactive workshop focusing on all aspects of public transportation marketing and communications, including media relations, customer service, ridership initiatives, and best practices.

    Who should attend: all public transportation personnel involved in marketing, communications, media relations, advertising, planning, research, service development, and customer service

    Contact: APTA's Jack Gonzalez at 202.496.4824 or jgonzalez@apta.com
    #APTAmarketing15

MARCH

  • Legislative Conference
    March 8-10
    JW Marriott | Washington, DC

    Educates members on important federal legislation and policy initiatives; provides members with opportunity to shape future industry positions and federal transportation policy; provides direction on the industry’s legislative strategy and advocacy efforts with the U.S. Congress and Administration executives; and offers sessions with key members of Congress, Hill staff, Administration officials, and Washington opinion makers.

    Who should attend: CEOs, board members, government affairs and communications professionals, policymakers, transit operators, consultants, manufacturers and suppliers, local coalition members, and state association leaders

    Contact: APTA's Brian Tynan at 202.496.4897 or btynan@apta.com
    #APTAleg15

  • Revenue Management & Fare Collection Summit and TransITech Conference
    March 30- April 1
    Doubletree Orlando | Orlando, FL

    The Revenue Management & Fare Collection Summit, formerly the Fare Collection Workshop, caters to all those involved in the collection of transit fares for both small operators and large agencies, novice participants, seasoned veterans, engineers, operations personnel, revenue management personnel, policy staff and ultimate decision-makers. The program features innovations and updates in the areas of revenue management policy, fare systems (technology, management and maintenance), system procurement, implementation, theft, and fraud.

    Who should attend: transit and supplier/consultant personnel engaged in the technology, design, equipment, procurement, operation, maintenance, and security of fare collection systems

    Revenue Management & Fare Collection Summit Contact: APTA's Beverly Hill at 202.496.4315 or bhill@apta.com
    #APTArevenue15

    TransITech will feature multiple sessions covering all aspects of transit technology to provide a comprehensive overview of transit technology for today and tomorrow. Sessions will range from emerging technology to transit ITS applications and security technology and applications.

    Who should attend: public transportation information technology professionals, chief information officers, operations managers and staff, software developers, all of those who benefit from modern public transportation information technologies

    TransITech Conference Contacts: APTA's DeeNaye Williams at 202.496.4899 dwilliams@apta.com
    APTA's Lou Sanders at 202.496.4886 or lsanders@apta.com
    #APTAtransITech15

APRIL

  • ITS Best Practices Workshop
    April 9-10
    Courtyard Marriott Portland City Center | Portland, OR

    The objective of the workshop is to create a forum that brings together industry leaders among the transit systems using Transit ITS, transit systems exploring innovative enhancements for their current / future systems, as well as the consultants and suppliers involved in the deployment of Transit ITS.

    Who should attend: transit systems exploring innovative enhancements for their current/future systems and consultant and suppliers involved in the deployment of ITS transit.

    Contact: APTA's DeeNaye Williams at 202.496.4899 or dwilliams@apta.com

MAY

  • International Bus Roadeo
    May 1-5
    Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth | Fort Worth, TX

    The International Bus Roadeo is a unique learning opportunity for operators and maintenance teams to experience transit agency professionals up close and personal. The Roadeo is more than a competition of driving skills and maintenance disciplines; it is a training and networking opportunity for all attendees. There are multiple training sessions for operators, maintenance teams and supervisors as part of the Bus & Paratransit Conference. Send your champions to be honored at the 2015 International Bus Roadeo.

    Who should attend: bus operators, maintenance teams, and their supervisors

    Contact: APTA's Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or sbrewington@apta.com
    #APTAbus15

  • Bus & Paratransit Conference
    May 3-6
    Omni Fort Worth | Fort Worth, TX

    This educational program covers technological breakthroughs; today’s operations and maintenance environment; safety and security; planning and sustainability; funding and finance; mobility management and accessibility; capital programs; procurement, management and workforce development. Join us for Maintenance Monday and BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Tuesday. The conference has over 50 educational sessions, National Transit Institute training courses, and operators' and mechanics’ technical workshops. Special events include a Bus Display and a Bus Products & Services Showcase featuring the latest vehicles, products, and professional services.

    Who should attend: all bus and paratransit system staff, mid-level and executive management, board members, suppliers, and consultants

    Contact:
    Registration:
    APTA's Heather Rachels at 202.496.4838 or hrachels@apta.com
    Products & Services Showcase: APTA's Marcus Eng at 202.496.4874 or meng@apta.com
    Educational Program: APTA's Lynne Morsen at 202.496.4853 or lmorsen@apta.com
    #APTAbus15

JUNE

  • Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference
    -Hosted by the Center for Transportation Excellence-
    June 1-3
    Amway Grand Hotel | Grand Rapids, MI

    The Center for Transportation Excellence conducts the biennial Transit Initiatives and Communities (TIC) Conference to bring together transit agencies, local officials, transportation supporters, advocates, and ballot measure campaign professionals to discuss the latest information on transportation ballot measures. Conference sessions offer insights into recent elections and key trends shaping campaigns. Sessions are interactive and provide extensive case studies. TIC is an excellent opportunity for networking and practical learning.

    Who should attend: representatives from transit agencies, local officials, transportation supporters, transportation advocates, and ballot measure campaign professionals

    Contact: Center for Transportation Excellence at 202.349.1037 or info@cfte.org

  • International Rail Rodeo
    June 17-21
    The Grand America Hotel | Salt Lake City, UT

    The 2015 International Rail Rodeo will train operators and maintainers in, and boost their knowledge of, the latest in rail mechanics. Salt Lake City will host a great experience with the use of their Light Rail System. Celebrate your front-line employees by sending your best team of operators and maintainers to learn, network, and experience the International Rail Rodeo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Who should attend: rail operators and maintainers teams, and their supervisors.

    Contact: APTA's Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or sbrewington@apta.com
    #APTArail15

  • Rail Conference
    June 21-24
    The Grand America Hotel | Salt Lake City, UT

    For all rail modes – urban, commuter rail, high-speed and intercity rail – the educational sessions for this technical conference cover high-interest issues in operations, maintenance, technology, safety & security, planning, finance, capital projects, workforce development, and more. The Rail Products & Services Showcase features the latest rail transit and railroad advances.

    Who should attend: rail agency mid-level and executive management, board members, government agency staff, suppliers, consultants, and contractors

    Contact:
    Registration:
    APTA's Marcus Eng at 202.496.4874 or meng@apta.com
    Products & Services Showcase: APTA's Anitha Atkins at 202.496.4839 or aatkins@apta.com
    Educational Program: APTA's Lynne Morsen at 202.496.4853 or lmorsen@apta.com
    #APTArail15

  • Risk Management Seminar
    June 23-26

  • The Grand America Hotel | Salt Lake City, UT

     

    This critcal seminar includes sessions on reducing passenger violence and dangerous acts, the insurance market, ADA/legal updates, mitigating pedestrian accidents, dissecting primary and excess liability insurance policies, practical elements of mediating a lawsuit, realizing tangible savings from vehicle video systems, and a risk management round table. The seminar will also feature a pre-seminar workshop entitled “Risk Management 101” for those seeking new or refresher training in this industry.

    Who should attend: risk managers, claims/safety/security officers, policymakers, insurance brokers, and suppliers of products and services in the risk management industry

    Contact: APTA's Bill Grizard at 202.496.4878 or wgrizard@apta.com
    #APTArisk15

JULY

  • Transit Board Members & Board Support Seminar
    July 18-21
    Grand Hyatt Denver| Denver, CO

    Policymakers and staff come together for professional development sessions focusing on best practices in governance and creating policy for public transportation systems. The educational content includes succession planning and regional legislative issues, as well as fiduciary responsibilities, advocacy, safety, mobility management, funding, and financing. A separate leadership development track is offered for members who support transit boards of directors/commissioners.

    Who should attend: board members/commissioners, and clerks of the board of public transportation systems

    Contact: APTA's Cheryl Pyatt at 202.496.4875 or cpyatt@apta.com
    #APTAtbm15

AUGUST

  • Sustainability & Public Transportation Workshop
    August 2-4
    The Nines Portland | Portland, OR

    Features cutting-edge speakers and breakout groups presenting environmental/energy efficient, economically sound, and socially responsible developments and practices to advance public transportation’s role in sustainability.

    Who should attend: general managers and senior staff likely to implement sustainability in transit agencies, suppliers, consultants, and others supportive of public transportation’s role in sustainability

    Contact: APTA's Rich Weaver at 202.496.4809 or rweaver@apta.com
    #APTAsustainability15

  • Multimodal Operations Planning Workshop
    August 10-12
    The J.W. Marriot Downtown | Houston, TX

    This workshop is dedicated to promoting and advancing the work of America’s professional public transportation planners and schedulers. Sessions will provide planners and schedulers with the latest in scheduling, facilities planning, technological advances, designing routes, and bus rapid transit. Technical tours of the host city area will offer insight into connecting the various modes of transportation used throughout the city. This is an information sharing opportunity for both established professionals and individuals who are new to the field.

    Who should attend: planners and schedulers

    Contacts: APTA's Jeff Hiott at 202.496.4881 or jhiott@apta.com
    APTA's DeeNaye Williams at 202.496.4899 or dwilliams@apta.com
    #APTAmultimodal15

  • FTA State Programs Meeting/State Public Transportation Partnerships Conference
    A cooperative effort among FTA, APTA, AASHTO, and CTAA
    August 12-14
    Embassy Suites Convention Center ​ | Washington, DC

    This multi-host conference emphasises best practices and programs of state public transit associations and state DOTs, as well as federal, state, and local partnerships for public transportation.

    Who should attend: state transit association leaders, state department of transportation officials, transit system representatives, state DOT program managers, and FTA staff interested in the role states play in supporting and promoting public transportation

    Contacts: APTA's Rich Weaver at 202.496.4809 or rweaver@apta.com
    FTA's Marianne Stock at 202.366.2677

OCTOBER

  • Annual Meeting
    October 4-7
    Hilton San Francisco Union Square| San Francisco, CA

    APTA’s Annual Meeting is the flagship event for public transportation professionals to engage in educational sessions, workshops, tours, and network with colleagues. Keynote speakers discuss strategy and leadership. Educational sessions explore creating transit oriented communities, investing in infrastructure, asset management, innovating funding and financing, managing emerging technologies, safety, workforce issues, and big transportation projects worldwide. With the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015, we’ll celebrate the accomplishments and project forward for the next 25 years.

    Who should attend: public transportation leadership and staff, and representatives of governmental agencies and businesses, manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants

    Contact:
    Registration:
    APTA's Anitha Atkins at 202.496.4839 or aatkins@apta.com
    Products & Services Showcase: APTA's Heather Rachels at 202.496.4838 or hrachels@apta.com
    Educational Program: APTA's Lynne Morsen at 202.496.4853 or lmorsen@apta.com
    #APTAannual15

NOVEMBER

  • 13th National Light Rail & Streetcar Conference
    -Co-sponsored by APTA and TRB-
    November 15-17
    The Hyatt Regency Hotel | Minneapolis, MN

    Sessions showcase the positive results being experienced in metropolitan areas that have embraced light rail and streetcar and explore new ways to plan, design, construct, maintain, and operate light rail and streetcar systems.

    Who should attend: all light rail and streetcar system personnel, including supervisory and management, system planners, board members, policymakers, government agencies, suppliers, consultants, and contractors

    Abstracts can be submitted here.

    Contact: APTA's Charles Joseph at 202.496.4805 or cjoseph@apta.com
    #APTAlightRail15

  • ITS Transit Best Practics Workshop
    November 12-13
    Doubletree Atlanta Downtown | Atlanta, GA

    The objective of the workshop is to create a forum that brings together industry leaders among the transit systems using The objective of the workshop is to create a forum that brings together industry leaders among the transit systems using ITS, transit systems exploring innovative enhancements for their current / future systems, researchers exploring innovation, as well as the consultants and suppliers involved in the deployment of advanced technology.

    Who should attend: Transit systems exploring innovative enhancements for their current/future systems, and consultants and suppliers involved in the deployment of ITS Transit

    Contact: APTA's Lou Sanders at (202) 496-4886 or lsanders@apta.com

DECEMBER

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