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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Last updated: March 11, 2016

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SATURDAY, MARCH 12

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom Foyer,
Ballroom Level

Registration
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Salons D & E,
Ballroom Level

APTA Board of Directors
(lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)
Chair, Valarie J. McCall

1:30 - 3 p.m.  
Commerce,
Meeting Room Level 

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee
Chair, Roberta Boomer

3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Salon G, 
Ballroom Level  

Transit Board Members Program Planning Subcommittee
Chair, Lester Bryant

4 - 6 p.m.
Salon F,
Ballroom Level

Business Member Government Affairs & Procurement Committees Joint Meeting
Chairs, Freddie Fuller, II & Natalie E. Cornell

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Senate,
Lobby Level

Commuter & Intercity Rail Joint Legislative Subcommittee
Co-chairs, Anna M. Barry & Joseph J.Giulietti

SUNDAY, MARCH 13
7 - 8 a.m.
Salon D,
Ballroom Level

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Regional Corridors Subcommittee
Chair, Darrell Johnson

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Salon II, 
Ballroom Level   

Federal Procedures & Regulations and Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittees
Chairs, Christopher P. Boylan & Ronald L. Epstein

8 - 10 a.m. 
Salon D, 
Ballroom Level  

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee
Chair, Peter Gertler, AICP

​8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
State,
Meeting Room Level

Business Member Business Development Committee
Chair, Francis "Buddy" X. Coleman

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
Dirksen,
Meeting Room Level

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee  
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. 
Salon G,
Ballroom Level 

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee
Chair, Douglas Lecato

​8:30 - 10 a.m.
Salon F,
Ballroom Level

Small Operations Committee
Chair, Andrew J. Johnson 

9 - 10 a.m.
Rayburn,
Meeting Room Level

Procurement Steering Committee
Co-chair, Natalie E. Cornell

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom Foyer,
Ballroom Level

Registration
​9:30 - 10 a.m.
State,
Meeting Room Level

Business Member Programs Committee
Chair, Raquel Olivier

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Salon E,
Ballroom Level

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors
Chair, Jennifer Mitchell

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Salons III & IV,
Ballroom Level

Legislative Committee
Chair, J. Barry Barker 

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

Safety Coordinating Committee
Chair, Harry Saporta, CSP, PE

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
State,
Meeting Room Level

Business Member Workforce Development Committee
Chair, Michael J.  Loehr, P.E.

11:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.
State,
Meeting Room Level

Business Member Small Business Committee
Chair, Eve Williams

11:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.
Russell,
Meeting Room Level

Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee (Access Committee)
Chair, Bonnie Hitch

12 - 2 p.m.
Salon G,
Ballroom Level
Financial Management Committee
Chair, David Leininger
 
12 - 5 p.m.
Treasury,
Meeting Room Level
Advocacy Resource Center 
 
12:30 -
3:30 p.m.   
Salon I,
Ballroom Level

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee
Chair, Donald A. Orseno

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 
Russell,
Meeting Room Level 

Regulatory Activities Subcommittee (Access Committee)
Chair, Patrisha Piras

1:30 - 3 p.m.  
Salon E,
Ballroom Level  

Mobility Management Committee
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.  
Rayburn,
Meeting Room Level

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee
Chair, Kevin Holzendorf

- 3 p.m.  
Salon F,
Ballroom Level 

Public-Private Partnerships Committee
Chair, Jeffrey D. Ensor

2:45 - 5 p.m.
Salon II,
Ballroom Level    

Business Member Board of Governors
Chair, Patrick J. Scully

3 - 4:45 p.m.
Salon G,
Ballroom Level  

Transit Board Members Committee
Chair, David Stackrow Sr., CPA

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. 
Salon F,
Ballroom Level

Access Committee
Chair, Lauren Skiver

3:30 - 5 p.m.   
Salon E,
Ballroom Level

State Affairs Committee 
Chair, Lisa M. Bacot

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. 
Salon I, 
Ballroom Level  

Human Resources Committee
Chair Lydia C. Grose

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Salons III & IV,
Ballroom Level
GENERAL SESSION: Welcome to Washington
 
Hear the most up-to-date information on the DC political scene and get insight on the legislative agenda for the 114th Congress from David Wasserman, Election Analyst, The Cook Political Report, and Nathan Gonzales, Editor and Publisher of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report.
 
Welcome:
Paul J. Wiedefeld, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
 
Featured Speakers: 

David Wasserman
 

Nathan Gonzales

Sponsored by AECOM
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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 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom Foyer,
Ballroom Level
Registration
 

8 - 9:15 a.m.
Salons I & II,
Ballroom Level

The “Insider” Perspective for the Transit Industry

Start the first full day of the conference with a sit-down breakfast. Join your friends and colleagues to hear from Dr. T. Peter Ruane, President & CEO of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Dr. Ruane has long been an outspoken and effective advocate for increased federal investment in the nation’s infrastructure and he is a leader within the coalition that helped move the FAST Act. ARTBA and APTA have worked together on several authorization bills to improve and expand our surface transportation system to better meet the needs of our growing population and provide the foundation for a healthy economy.

Presiding:

Jeffrey Wharton, Member, APTA Board of Directors; 1st Vice Chair, APTA Business Member Board of Governors; and President, IMPluse NC LLC, Mount Olive, NC

Keynote Speaker:


Dr. T. Peter Ruane, President & CEO, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Washington, DC


Session sponsored by APTA Business Member Activity Fund. 

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Treasury,
Meeting Room Level

Advocacy Resource Center
9:30 - 10 a.m.
Salons III & IV,
Ballroom Level
OPENING GENERAL SESSION 

The opening general session of the conference kicks off with welcoming remarks from APTA’s leadership, with Chair Valarie McCall summarizing organizational and legislative goals. APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy will outline conference highlights and the importance of ongoing advocacy for the industry in Washington, D.C.

Presiding:
Valarie J. McCall, Chair, APTA, and Member, Board of Trustees, 
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Sponsor Recognition:
Pepper Harward, Vice President, Transit Solutions, RouteMatch Software, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Remarks from APTA Chair:
Valarie J. McCall

President’s Welcome:
Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, APTA

Session sponsored by RouteMatch Software, Inc.
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10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Salons III & IV,
Ballroom Level

GENERAL SESSION
APTA National Partners Round Table 

APTA and many of its national partners rallied their members and urged Congress to pass the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in December 2015. APTA and its partners must now continue to move in collaboration and implement the provisions of the new bill to spur billions of dollars of transportation investment in our communities. During this round table, leaders of the National Association of Counties, National Association of Regional Councils, and National League of Cities will share their perspectives on the FAST Act and its new federal funding opportunities.
 

Moderator:

Valarie J. McCall, Chair, APTA, and Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Panelists:


The Honorable Peter McLaughlin, Chair, Transportation Steering Committee, National Association of Counties, and Commissioner, Hennepin County District 4; Minneapolis, MN


The Honorable Patrick Wojahn, Chair, Transportation & Infrastructure Services Committee, National League of Cities, and
Mayor, College Park, MD


Grace Gallucci, Member, National Association of Regional Council, and Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, Cleveland, OH

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Salons  I & II,
Ballroom Level
LUNCHEON: The Capitol Steps
(tickets required)
 
 
Be entertained at a luncheon featuring the satirical musings of The Capitol Steps, the famous musical troupe that puts the “mock” in democracy. The Steps will be sure to feature the events of 2016.
 
Presiding:
Kevin J. Holzendorf, Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee, and Board of Directors - Secretary,
Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
 
Sponsor Recognition:
Michael C. Murray, President & COO, Transdev North America, Lombard, IL 
 


 

Co-sponsored by Transdev North America and APTA.

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

GENERAL SESSION: Update from the Federal Transit Administration

Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, will offer remarks. She will then call on members of her senior staff to discuss Administration priorities and take questions from the audience.

Presiding:

Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, APTA Legislative Committee; and Senior Vice President/Director, Americas Transit, AECOM, Arlington, VA

Remarks:


The Honorable Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Panelists:


Carolyn Flowers, Senior Advisor to Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC 

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Vincent Valdes, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

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Thomas Littleton, Associate Administrator for Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC   

 

Bruce Robinson, Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

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Lucy Garliauskas, Associate Administrator for Planning & Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC           

3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Salons III & IV, 
Ballroom Level
 

GENERAL SESSION: View from the Hill

After years of persistent advocacy, Congress has passed a long-term authorization bill - the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Come hear from Congressional staff who each played a key role in writing the FAST Act. Ask questions about sections of the law that are important to you, and hear the perspective from the legislative branch for how the law should be implemented.
 
Moderator:
J. Barry Barker, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Legislative Committee; Vice Chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; and Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY
 
Panelists:

Homer Carlisle, Minority Professional Staff Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate,
Washington, DC

Patrick Fuchs, Majority Professional Staff Member, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Shannon Hines, Majority Senior Professional Staff Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Caryn Moore Lund, Majority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on House Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Auke Mahar-Piersma, Minority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Fred Miller, Majority Staff Director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

5 - 6:30 p.m.   
Salon I,
Ballroom Level 

Policy & Planning Committee 
Chair, Lee G. Gibson

5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Dirksen,
Meeting Room Level

Member Services Committee
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.

TUESDAY, MARCH 15

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom Foyer,
Ballroom Level

Registration
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
(8 a.m. - breakfast served) 
Salons III & IV,
Ballroom Level
GENERAL SESSION
Get Started with Members of Congress Breakfast
 
Start the most important day of the conference with a full breakfast by hearing from key members from both parties in the House and Senate. They will share their perspectives on the recent passage of the FAST Act, implementation of the bill’s provisions, and issues Congress is likely to face this year. Speakers from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and House and Senate tax-writing committees will be participating.​
 
Presiding:
Valarie J. McCall, Chair, APTA, and Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
 
Featured Speakers:

The Honorable Earl 
Blumenauer​ (D-OR), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC


The Honorable Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Member, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC


The Honorable Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC


The Honorable Jeff Denham (R-CA), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC


 The Honorable Robert Dold (R-IL), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

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

Advocacy Resource Center

 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Commerce,
Meeting Room Level

EXPO Advisory Committee
Chair, Joe Gibson

11 a.m. -
5:30 p.m.
CAPITOL HILL VISITS 
Reserve this time and make appointments 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 and high-speed rail.
 

11:30 a.m. - 
1 p.m.   
Salon II,
Ballroom Level

National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA)

2 - 4 p.m.
Salon II,
Ballroom Level

Transit Performance Management and Metropolitan Planning Subcommittees Joint Meeting 
Co-chairs, Andrea Burnside, Louis Cripps II, Dr. Patricia Hendren & Brian Kane and Todd Lang & Matthew Sibul, P.E. 

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Cafeteria
CAPITOL HILL RECEPTION
 
Meet and greet lawmakers and their staffs as we close the conference with a Capitol Hill reception that provides one more chance to talk transit in a relaxed setting.  
 
DIRECTIONS TO THE RECEPTION
Metrorail provides easy access to the Rayburn House Office Building. Metro SmarTrip® cards are available at the APTA registration desk.
 
SmarTrip® cards sponsored by Parsons Corporation.
 
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
8 - 11 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom,
Ballroom Level

COMTO Awards Ceremony Breakfast:
Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation?
(tickets required)

In observance of Women's History Month, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)  is proud to host its fifth annual "Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation" awards ceremony  March 16. We invite you to join us as we honor 14 phenomenal women who are advancing and leading in America’s transportation industry.

How can you support this event?

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. On March 16, tickets may be purchased on site at the COMTO registration desk on a first-come, first-served basis. 

We hope to see you there!

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
(8:30 a.m. -
on-site registration begins)
Salon IV,
Ballroom Level

Federal Transit Administration Workshop: Capital Investment Grant Program 

Key Federal Transit Administration staff will discuss the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program including recent changes made in the FAST Act and the details of the Final Interim Policy Guidance published in August 2015. An overview of FY16 CIG appropriations and the FY17 CIG budget recommendations will also be provided. Additionally, the workshop will include a discussion of trends being seen in the CIG program.

Some of the topics include:
 
• New and Small Starts
• Core Capacity
• Warrants (qualifying for automatic ratings)
• Program of Interrelated Projects
• Expedited Delivery Pilot Program
• Transit Oriented Development Pilot Program
 
FEE: The workshop is available to all Legislative Conference registrants at no additional charge.
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is required. Please click here for the workshop's registration form​. On-site registration will be on a space-available basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA’s Rich Weaver at 202.496.4809 or rweaver@apta.com.
 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CAPITOL HILL VISITS (continued)
 
Reserve this time and make appointments 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.
 
​9:30 - 11 a.m.
(9 a.m. -
on-site registration begins)
Penn Avenue Terrace,
Lobby Level

Federal Transit Administration Public Listening Session: 
Proposed National Public Transportation Safety Plan and Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking

Join the Federal Transit Administration’s staff for a public listening session as they solicit comments on the proposed National Public Transportation Safety Plan and Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. 

FEE: The listening session is available to all Legislative Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRTATION: Registration for the listening session is required.​ On-site registration will be on a space-available basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact FTA's Donna Aggazio at 202.366.1750 or donna.aggazio@dot.gov.

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