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Last Updated on March 11, 2011

All sessions will be held at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.

Please note that this is a preliminary program and is subject to change.

Saturday, March 12

Committee Meetings
All interested APTA members are invited to attend.

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Commerce, Meeting Room Level

Business Member Procurement Committee
Chair, Robert I. Brownstein

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Salon D, Ballroom Level

Transit Board Members Program Subcommittee
Chair, Flora M. Castillo, CHIE

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Dirksen, Meeting Room Level

Business Member Business Development Committee

Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

10:30– 11:30 a.m.
Salon D, Ballroom Level

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee
Chair, Donna P. McNamee

12 – 4 p.m.

Salons EFG, Ballroom Level

APTA Board of Directors (lunch served at 11:30)
Chair, Michael J. Scanlon

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Area A, Ballroom Level

Registration

Committee Meetings

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Salon D, Ballroom Level

Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee (Access Committee)

Chair, Rosemary B. Gerty

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Salons EFG, Ballroom Level

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

Chair, Marlene B. Connor

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Commerce, Meeting Room Level

Commuter and Intercity Rail Joint Legislative Subcommittee

Co-chairs, Stanley G. Feinsod and Joseph J. Giulietti

Sunday, March 13

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration Area A, Ballroom Level

Registration

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Treasury, Meeting Room Level

Legislative Action Center

Committee Meetings

7 - 8 a.m.

Salon I, Ballroom Level

Business Member Government Affairs Committee
Chair, Cliff Henke

7 - 9 a.m.

Salon II, Ballroom Level

Small Operations Subcommittee
Chair, Jeanne Krieg
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Salon D, Ballroom Level

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee
Chair, Jolene M. Molitoris

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Cannon, Meeting Room Level
Mid-Size Operations Committee

Chair, Jeff Hamm

8 – 9:30 a.m.
State, Meeting Room Level
Business Member Programs Committee

Co-chairs, John P. Bartosiewicz and Jerome C. Premo

9 – 11 a.m.
Commerce, Meeting Room Level

APTF Board of Directors
Chair, Linda J. Bohlinger

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Salons III & IV, Ballroom Level
Legislative Committee
Chair, William L. Volk
10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Rayburn, Meeting Room Level

Board Support Subcommittee

Chair, Rhodetta Seward

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dirksen, Meeting Room Level

Commuter Rail CEOs Committee

Chair, Gerald R. Hanas

12 – 2 p.m.

Salon G, Ballroom Level

Financial Management Committee

Chair, Scott L. Schroeder

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

State, Meeting Room Level

Business Member Small Business Committee

Chair, Huelon A. Harrison

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Salon E, Ballroom Level

Policy & Planning Committee

Chair, Diana C. Mendes, AICP

2 – 3 p.m.

Rayburn, Meeting Room Level

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

Chair, Crystal Lyons

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Salon G, Ballroom Level

Business Member Board of Governors

Chair, Charles R. Wochele

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Salon D, Ballroom Level

Transit Board Members Committee

Chair, Alison Hewitt

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

State, Meeting Room Level

Human Resources Committee

Chair, Mary Ann Collier

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Salon E, Ballroom Level

State Affairs Committee

Chair, Ronald L. Epstein

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Salons III & IV, Ballroom Level

General Session: Welcome to Washington

Charlie Cook

Hear the most up to date information on the DC political scene and get insight on the legislative agenda for the 112th Congress from renowned political commentator Charlie Cook, publisher of the Cook Political Report and columnist for the National Journal.

"There are political junkies, and then there's Charlie Cook-­the man who knows more about everything political than anyone else." Washingtonian

When Charlie Cook makes a pronouncement based on his analysis of the political scene in America, people who want to be “in the know” sit up and listen. For more than two decades he has been Washington’s most trusted—and most accurate—voice on all things political, whether it’s the outcome of a Congressional, Gubernatorial, or state election. As the publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, his prodigious writing output is the direct line to politics for those who want to know what is happening behind the scenes in America’s halls of power. He writes weekly for National Journal magazine and he also pens a regular column for the Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Once deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal, Cook produces the sharpest political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go­to-source for Americans who want to be truly informed.

The plaudits for Charlie Cook are the best kind of broken record, an endless loop of praise. The New York Times has called Cook “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and noted that The Cook Political Report is “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative,” and Bob Schieffer of CBS News calls it “the bible of the political community.” David Broder of the Washington Post has said Cook is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races.” In its feature “The Top 50 Journalists in Washington,” the Washingtonian called him a “master observer” and the man who knows more about politics than anyone else.

A political analyst for NBC News, Cook’s expertise has also been featured on the ABC, CBS, Good Morning America, the Today show, Nightline, Meet the Press, and This Week. He is also a welcome fixture on CNBC, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio. Before joining the National Journal Group in 1998, Cook wrote a twice-weekly column in Roll Call, Capitol Hill’s premier newspaper. Charlie also served as an election night analyst for CBS in 1990 and 1992, and for every presidential election on NBC since 1994.

Presiding:

  • William L. Volk, chair, APTA Legislative Committee, and managing director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL

Sponsor Recognition:

  • Richard J. Simonetta, vice president and national director, high speed rail and special projects, URS Corporation, Columbus, OH

Featured Speaker:

  • Charlie Cook

General Session sponsored by:

URS

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom
Ballroom Level

Welcome Reception

Over cocktails and light fare, join your colleagues for a reception and networking opportunity to kick off the conference.

Monday, March 14

7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration Area A, Ballroom Level

Registration

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Salons I & II, Ballroom Level

Breakfast: Policy Briefing

Come enjoy a hot and hearty breakfast, sponsored by APTA’s Business Members, as Tommy Thompson, a former four-term governor of Wisconsin, Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Bush Administration, and a former Chairman of the Board of the National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) shares his view on national political dynamics and how the public transportation industry can make its case in Washington.

Presiding:

  • Charles R. Wochele, executive committee member, APTA; chair, APTA Business Member Board of Governors; vice chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; and vice president, industry and government relations, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., West Henrietta, NY

Featured Speaker:

  • The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson

Session sponsored by APTA’s Business Members

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Treasury, Meeting Room Level

Legislative Action Center

9 – 10:15 a.m.
Salons III & IV, Ballroom Level

Opening General Session
What’s Ahead for Transit – New Opportunities in 2011

The conference’s first general session kicks off with welcoming remarks from APTA’s leadership. Session participants will then hear a special keynote address from U.S Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari. Deputy Secretary Porcari’s remarks will provide insight into the Administration’s transportation priorities.

Presiding:

  • Michael J. Scanlon, chair, APTA, and general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District and Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA

President’s Welcome:

  • William Millar, president, APTA

Remarks from APTA Chair:

  • Michael J. Scanlon

Featured Speaker:

  • The Honorable John D. Porcari, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Salons III & IV,
Ballroom Level

General Session
Expanding the Transit Coalition: Partners in Transportation Authorization

Join representatives of stakeholders in the reauthorization process as they discuss how their organizations are preparing for the future of transportation policy.

Presiding:

  • Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., secretary/treasurer, APTA; vice chair, APTA Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; and executive director/CEO, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

Panelists:

  • Lawrence J. Hanley, international president, Amalgamated Transit Union, Washington, DC
  • John Horsley, executive director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC
  • Janet F. Kavinoky, executive director, Congressional and Public Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and vice president, Americans for Transportation Mobility, Washington, DC
  • Dale J. Marsico, CCTM, executive director, Community Transportation Association of America, Washington, DC

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Salons I & II, Ballroom Level

Lunch & Entertainment

(tickets received at registration will be collected)

Be entertained at a luncheon featuring the satirical musings of The Capitol Steps, the famous musical troupe that puts the “mock” in democracy.

Presiding:

  • Alison Hewitt, executive committee member, APTA; chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; and chair, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL

Sponsor Recognition:

  • Kenneth P. Westbrook, chief operating officer - transit division, Veolia Transportation, Lombard, IL

Lunch sponsored by:

Veolia Transportation

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Salons III & IV, Ballroom Level

Federal Agency Update

Peter RogoffJoe Szabo

Listen to top officials from the Department of Transportation and the Transportation Security Administration. Important program updates and initiatives will be discussed, along with discussion of a long-term authorization bill.

Presiding:

  • William L. Volk, chair, APTA Legislative Committee, and managing director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL

Sponsor Recognition:

  • Lawrence Murphy, surface transportation market leader, CDM, New York, NY

Featured Speakers:

General Session sponsored by:

CDM

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Salons III & IV, Ballroom Level

General Session: View from the Hill

Hear directly from key congressional staff on how the U.S. Senators and Representatives they work for are addressing transit issues. Staff members from transit authorizing committees will share their views on legislative issues facing the transit industry on Capitol Hill. Issues to be discussed include authorization and the budget and appropriations process.

Moderator:

  • Christopher P. Boylan, co-chair, APTA Federal Procedures and Regulations Legislative Subcommittee, and director, governmental and strategic partnerships, General Contractors Association of New York, Inc., New York, NY

Panelists:

  • Shannon Hines, minority senior professional staff member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Ward McCarragher, minority chief counsel, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Joyce Rose, majority staff director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Mitch Warren, senior policy adviser, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Salons III & IV Ballroom Level

Capitol Hill Summit Kickoff

Steven LaTourette Earl Blumenauer

Get ready to lead the charge tomorrow on Capitol Hill to deliver APTA’s message! Hear from inspiring transit leaders and get tips from expert advocates on how to make the most of your appointments with your Members of Congress.

Presiding:

  • William Millar, president, APTA

Featured Speakers:

  • Gary C. Thomas, vice chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Stephanie Vance, “The Advocacy Guru,” Advocacy Associates, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Steven C. LaTourette (R-OH), member, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), member, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives

Committee Meetings

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

State, Meeting Room Level

Conference Program Planning Committee

Chair, Gary C. Thomas

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Salon G, Ballroom Level

Access Committee

Chair, Rick Ramacier

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Dirksen, Meeting Room Level

Member Services Committee

Chair, Steve Radomski, AIA, LEED AP

Tuesday, March 15

7:30 – 11 a.m.
Area A Ballroom Level

Registration

7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Salons III & IV , Ballroom Level

General Session: Get Started With Members of Congress Breakfast

Ray LaHoodJohn Mica

Start the most important day of the conference with a full breakfast and hear directly from key Members of Congress and special guest U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Presiding:

  • J. Barry Barker, executive committee member, APTA, and executive director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY

Featured Speakers:

  • The Honorable John Mica (R-FL) chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Corrine Brown (D-FL), ranking member, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Ray LaHood, secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Treasury, Meeting Room Level

Legislative Action Center

Committee Meetings 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Commerce Meeting Room Level
Expo Advisory Committee

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building Foyer

Public Transportation Showcase

While you are visiting Capitol Hill, stop by the Rayburn Foyer and check out APTA's video wall and other displays that highlight the importance of public transportation. Pick up extra materials for your meetings and gather with other conference attendees, Hill staff, and transit advocates.

11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Capitol Hill Visits

Use this time to visit your Senators and Representatives to brief them about your system or business and advocate for continued growth in the federal investment in public transportation.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building Cafeteria

Capitol Hill Reception

Meet and greet lawmakers and their staff as we close the conference with a Capitol Hill reception that provides one more chance to talk transit in a relaxed setting. As in previous years, APTA will join with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to hold a joint reception to conclude each organization’s legislative conference.

Directions to the Reception: Metrorail provides easy access to the Rayburn House Office Building. Detailed instructions are included in your packets.

Farecards sponsored by:

Parsons
Wednesday, March 16

8 – 10 a.m.
Registration Area A Ballroom Level

Registration

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Salon IV Ballroom Level

What’s on the Horizon: New and Small Starts Workshop

Attend the workshop and hear the basics and the new changes in major capital investment programs (New and Small Starts), as well as the outlook on policy and program funding. The special workshop is targeted for board members, general managers, project sponsors, and others interested in the FTA’s discretionary program. The workshop features experts from the FTA.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m., and the workshop starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Registration Fee for this Workshop:

  • Free - Legislative Conference attendees (but you still must register separately for the workshop)
  • $75 - anyone not attending the conference

You can register now by visiting the Registration page, or you may register at any time during the conference at the APTA registration desk.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Capitol Hill Visits (Continued)

Use this time to visit your Senators and Representatives and brief them about your system or business and advocate for continued growth and investment in public transportation.

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