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 Schedule At A Glance

This page is an overview of the conference schedule.
 
The 2017 Annual Meeting & EXPO is scheduled for October 8-11, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. The Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency are co-headquarter hotels.
 
Hosted by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), APTA's major policy & management conference attracts public transportation leaders and managers from all sectors. Join the discussions with your colleagues to share best practices. Register early for this opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from one another.
 
Sessions that directly address APTA’s 2015-2019 Strategic Goals have been identified throughout the program using the following icons:

 

The APTA Strategic Plan can be found here

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

 

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Saturday, October 7   Sunday, October 8   Monday, October 9   Tuesday, October 10   Wednesday, October 11   

Saturday, October 7

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

  • Host Registration Desk

Sunday, October 8

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Host Registration Desk

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

9:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.

TECHNICAL TOURS

MARTA has arranged for the following informative technical tours on Sunday, October 8 and/or Wednesday, October 11. Please sign up on site for the tour(s) of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Georgia World Congress Center.
 
NOTE: Please scroll down to Wednesday to view additional technical tours offered on Wednesday only.

Atlanta Streetcar/BeltLine System | 30 persons per tour
• Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 2 - 4:40 p.m. (also on Wednesday 2 - 4: 30 p.m.)

Atlanta Streetcar Economic Development | 30 persons per tour

• Sunday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 2 - 4 p.m. (also on Wednesday 2 - 4 p.m.)
 
MARTA Brady Mobility (Paratransit) Facility | 30 persons (60 max. depending on interest)
• Sunday 1 - 3 p.m.

Relay Bikes | 20 persons
• Sunday 1 - 3 p.m.

MARTA Integrated Operations Center & Emergency Operations Center | 30 persons

• Sunday 3 - 4:30 p.m.
 
1 - 2:15 p.m.

This is APTA

Getting involved, using APTA’s resources
6 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Atlanta Reception

(tickets required)
 
Reception sponsored by WSP USA

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8 - 11 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Fundraiser and Scholarship Reception

Location: Ventanas: 275 Baker Street, Atlanta GA
 
RSVP required. Please click here for more information about the reception and to RSVP.
 
Reception sponsored by Genfare, WSP USA, Clever Devices, Motor Coach Industries, and New Flyer.
 

Monday, October 9

7 - 8 a.m.

Coffee Service

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Commitee Meetings

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

  • Host Registration Desk

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Transformational Times for Transportation

Keynote Speaker: Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D., Founder and Director, AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

General Session sponsored by AECOM

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10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

EXPO OPEN

2 - 3 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: A Conversation with U.S. Department of Transportation Leaders

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3:30 - 5 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • AdWheel Awards Ceremony

    Honoring top marketing and communications campaigns where you will also learn from some of the best communicators in the industry, as they detail their successful campaigns and the strategic importance of marketing and communications in public transportation.
     
  • Applying Lessons Learned from APTA's 2017 International Study Mission to Asia

    Insights, perspectives and observations from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo
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  • Executive Roundtable: Creating World Class Organizations - Leadership, Culture, Trust, Empowerment

    Learn how today’s visionary leaders are transforming the cultures of their organizations
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  • Federal Legislative Overview with U.S. Congress Staff

    Important transit legislative issues that may be debated in Congress during the year ahead
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  • Host Forum: Georgia on my Mind

    Attend this forward-looking host forum to learn more about MARTA’s pivotal role in transforming transportation in Atlanta, a city with deep ties to the industry dating to the 19th century.
  • Integrated and Innovative Mobility Management

    Transitioning from transit provider to mobility provider?
  • The Procurement Super Session

    One hundred years of procurement industry experience!

Tuesday, October 10

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

  • Host Registration Desk

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

APTA AWARDS CEREMONY & BREAKFAST

(tickets required)

Session co-sponsored by GENFARE and APTA

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9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

EXPO OPEN

1 - 3 p.m.

Capital Programs - Major Projects

Major projects inspire us
1:15 - 3 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Scholarship Awards – Generation Next: Building Leaders for the Future

Learn how the industry is helping to pave the way for tomorrow’s leaders by investing in today’s scholars and public transit professionals
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1:30 - 3 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Leading the Way: Small Operations Best Practices and Innovative Solutions

    Learn more about the "how to" in developing and managing your diverse initiatives
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  • Procurement Integrity

    This session will help keep you and your organization out of procurement trouble.
  • Technological Innovation

    Technological innovation is coming toward us at an increasing rate.
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  • Transit Agency, Federal, and Research Perspectives on How to Reduce Fatalities & Injuries: An SMS Outlook

    An important overview of Safety Management Systems-related initiatives taking place throughout the transit industry
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  • Your Chamber of Commerce Can Be Your Biggest Advocate

    Local business leaders speak out on the value of public transportation
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3:30 - 5 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor Update

    There's progress to report!
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  • Innovations in Planning and Implementing TOD

    How transit hubs are attracting investment and increasing ridership
  • Innovative Funding, Finance, and P3s

    New ways to address transit operation and investment needs
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  • Leadership APTA: Celebrating its 20th Year

    Class of 2017 leadership project presentations and graduation + welcoming the Class of 2018
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  • Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty, Managing Emergencies

    Inclement weather, natural disasters, and security concerns
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  • Zero-Emission Buses: Lessons Learned and Where to Get the Funding Needed to Put them in Service

    Deployment of ZEBs ...Are you ready?
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3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

COMTO/APTA FORUM

The award-winning documentary film "Free to Ride" is a lasting memory that you will want to take away from this conference!
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Leadership APTA Reception

Wednesday, October 11

7:30 - 9:15 a.m.

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: Climbing the Ladder, Building the Pipeline

In conjunction with WTS
(tickets required)

Breakfast sponsored by Atkins

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7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

  • Host Registration Desk

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

EXPO OPEN

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Advancing Performance Based Planning and Programming

    Making the case for transit in regional decision making
  • FTA State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) Certification and Best Practices

    Become SSO certified from FTA and learn from best practices at peer agencies
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  • Procurement – What Happened to the Good Old Ways? They Are No Longer Good!

    New fare systems is a case in point
9:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Capital Programs - Managing Risks & Lessons Learned

These are lessons we can all learn
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Is Opportunity Knocking? Intergovernmental Solutions for Challenging Times

Prominent national association leaders speak out on the power of partnerships
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1 - 4:40 p.m.

TECHNICAL TOURS

MARTA has arranged for the following informative technical tours on Wednesday, October 11 and/or Sunday, October 8. Please sign up on site for the tour of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Georgia World Congress Center.
 
NOTE: Please scroll up to Sunday to view additional technical tours offered on Sunday only.

Transit Oriented Development Projects | 20 persons

• Wednesday, 1 - 3 p.m.

State Road and Tollway Authority Operations & Maintenance Facility | 50 persons
• Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

TrackSafe and Autonomous Track Inspection | 60 persons
• Wednesday 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
 
Atlanta Streetcar Economic Development | 30 persons per tour
• Wednesday 2 - 4 p.m. (also on Sunday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 2 - 4 p.m.)

Atlanta Streetcar/BeltLine System | 30 persons per tour
• Wednesday 2 - 4:30 p.m. (also on Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 2 - 4:40 p.m.)
 
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