The 2011 APTA Legislative Conference and inaugural Capitol Hill Summit convenes at one of the most critical times in our nation's transportation history. There is a new political landscape in the 112th Congress with calls for dramatically reduced government spending. Coupled with multiple short-term extensions to SAFETEA-LU and declining balances in the Highway Trust Fund, there is uncertainty across the public transportation industry.
However, in the President's Fiscal Year 2012 budget which also contains a six-year, $556 billion surface transportation authorization proposal, investment in public transportation is a top priority. As we enter a new era in federal transportation policy, your understanding of these dynamics and your ability to make the industry's case to your elected officials is more important than ever.
APTA's 36th Annual Legislative Conference and inaugural Capitol Hill Summit is the public transportation industry's best chance to make sure that transit's message gets heard in Washington. Conference participants have the opportunity to attend sessions on important legislative issues that Congress will consider in the year ahead, interact with elected officials and congressional staff on those issues, network with industry peers, and enjoy opportunities to socialize with policy makers and friends. Your involvement and visits on Capitol Hill are essential because they allow you to explain how your services benefit your community and the constituents whom your elected officials represent. Let's all work to ensure that public transportation's voice in Washington is loud and clear.
Public Transportation Takes Us There
APTA's Vision Statement
Be the leading force in advancing public transportation.
APTA's Mission Statement
To strengthen and improve public transportation, APTA serves and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation, and information sharing.
APTA's Policy on Diversity
APTA recognizes the importance of diversity for conference topics and speakers and is committed to increasing the awareness of its membership on diversity issues. APTA welcomes ideas and suggestions on how to strengthen its efforts to meet these important diversity objectives.