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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

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

Last Updated: Jan. 31

 

Saturday, March 17

Member Services Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Todd Horsley

Registration

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lanyards sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

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APTA Board of Directors

12 - 5 p.m.

(lunch served at noon, meeting starts at 12:30 p.m.)

Chair, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.

Business Member Legislative & Procurement Committees Joint Meeting

4 - 6 p.m.
Chairs, Raymond J. Melleady & Natalie E. Cornell

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Samuel E. Smith & Karen J. Hedlund
 

Sunday, March 18

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

7:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Anna M. Barry

Federal Procedures & Regulations Legislative and Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittees Joint Meeting

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Chairs, Christopher P. Boylan & Ronald L. Epstein

Business Member Business Development Committee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Chair, Francis "Buddy" Coleman

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Small Operations Committee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Chair, Andrew Johnson

Procurement Steering Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Co-Chairs, Natalie E. Cornell & Andrew Johnson

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee

9 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Lester W. Bryant

Registration

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Business Member Programs Committee

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Chair, Tony Kellen

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF)

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.

Legislative Committee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Diana C. Mendes, AICP

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Chair, Michael J. Loehr, P.E.

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Roberta Boomer

Business Member Small Business Committee

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chair, Eve Williams

Diversity and Inclusion Council

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Doran J. Barnes

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

12 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Doug Allen

Advocacy Resource Center

12 - 5 p.m.

Drop by APTA’s Advocacy Resource Center and pick up the latest industry talking points and information on the benefits of transit and the importance of the federal transit program. Feel free to share these resource items with Senators, Representatives and Capitol Hill staffers for their review on important issues raised by APTA members who run transit systems or operate businesses that provide goods or services to those systems.

Financial Management Committee

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Dee Brookshire, MBA, CGFM

BMBG Officers & Chairs and Business Member Budget Committee

1 - 2:15 p.m.

Chairs, Jeffrey Wharton & Janet S. Rogers

State Affairs Committee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Don Chartock

Access Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Chair, Ron L. Brooks

Innovative Funding, Finance and P3 Committee

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Chair, Sharon Greene

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Chair, Kevin J. Holzendorf

Business Member Board of Governors

2:45 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

Transit Board Members Committee

3 - 4:45 p.m.
Chair, Lester W. Bryant

Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Chair, Kimberly Slaughter

Workforce Development Committee

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Chair, Paul J. Larrousse

GENERAL SESSION: Welcome to Washington

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Session sponsored by AECOM

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Welcoming Reception

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

(tickets required)

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

 

Monday, March 19

Registration

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

GENERAL BREAKFAST

8 - 9:15 a.m.


 Presiding
  • to be announced
Keynote Speaker
  • Edward G. Rendell, Former Governor of Pensylvania and Co-Chair, Building America's Future Educational Fund, Washington, DC

Advocacy Resource Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Drop by APTA’s Advocacy Resource Center and pick up the latest industry talking points and information on the benefits of transit and the importance of the federal transit program. Feel free to share these resource items with Senators, Representatives and Capitol Hill staffers for their review on important issues raised by APTA members who run transit systems or operate businesses that provide goods or services to those systems.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: What’s Ahead for Transit - Update from the Department of Transportation

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Join us for the opening general session to hear from K. Jane Williams, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to learn more about public transportation priorities for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Featured Speaker
  • Hon. K. Jane Williams, Deputy Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

GENERAL SESSION: The Transit Coalition: Partners in Surface Transportation Advocacy

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Join APTA’s coalition partners in surface transportation advocacy for a discussion on how their organizations are working to achieve additional infrastructure investment in an infrastructure initiative and any successor legislation to the FAST Act. APTA has long-standing relationships with a broad spectrum of interest groups and trade associations with which we work closely to advance our common goals. Plan to attend this session to learn more about the importance of coalition building and the ways in which we have achieved shared success in working with these important partners.

Presiding
  • Leanne P. Redden, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Legislative Committee; Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
Panelists
  • Ed Mortimer, Executive Director, Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition, and Executive Director, Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC
  • Jim Tymon, Chief Operating Officer/Director of Policy and Management, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC
  • Sean O'Neill, Vice President, Congressional Relations and Infrastructure Advancement, Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, VA
  • Kevin McCarty, Assistant Executive Director, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC
  • Dean Franks, Senior Vice President, Congressional Relations, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Washington, DC

GENERAL LUNCHEON: The Capitol Steps

12 - 1:30 p.m.

(tickets required)

For more than 30 years the Capitol Steps have been putting the “mock” in democracy. No matter who or what is in the headlines, the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. Be entertained at a luncheon featuring the satirical musings of the famous musical troupe.
 
Lunch co-sponsored by Transdev North America and APTA

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GENERAL SESSION

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.


GENERAL SESSION: View from the Hill

3 - 5 p.m.

With major infrastructure proposals and funding bills being debated on Capitol Hill, this session will feature key Congressional staff representing House and Senate committees responsible for public transportation authorizing, appropriations, and rail legislation. Staff members will provide different perspectives of the legislative process as it affects public transportation and take your questions.

Moderator
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Legislative Committee; Mid-Atlantic Division President, HNTB Corporation, Arlington, VA
Panelists
  • Jennifer M. Deci, Majority Professional Staff Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Homer Carlisle, Minority Professional Staff Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Nicole Christus, Majority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on 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
  • Nathan J. Robinson, Minority Professional Staff Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Patrick Fuchs, Senior Professional Staff Member, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Devon Barnhart, Minority Transportation Counsel, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Homendy, Democratic Staff Director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Mobility Management Committee

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Chair, Gary C. Thomas
 

Tuesday, March 20

Registration

7:30 - 9 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION: Get Started with Members of Congress Breakfast

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Presiding
  • to be announced
Featured Speakers
  • Hon. Rodney Davis, (R-IL), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Jack Reed, (D-RI), Member, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Earl Blumenauer, (D-OR), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Peter DeFazio, (D-OR), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Sam Graves, (R-MO), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Advocacy Resource Center

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Drop by APTA’s Advocacy Resource Center and pick up the latest industry talking points and information on the benefits of transit and the importance of the federal transit program. Feel free to share these resource items with Senators, Representatives and Capitol Hill staffers for their review on important issues raised by APTA members who run transit systems or operate businesses that provide goods or services to those systems.

Capitol Hill Visits

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA)

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA) is the national organization representing grassroots transit coalitions that support increasing investment in public transportation. Join the NAPTA meeting to discuss how grassroots coalitions can mobilize their stakeholders in support of transit as well as the many tools that NAPTA provides such as the APTA Local Coalition Grants to support these efforts. Grassroots coalitions, state association leaders, policymakers, transit operators and all those interested are encouraged to attend.

Facilitator
  • Chris Sandvig, Regional Policy Manager, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Pittsburgh, PA

Capitol Hill Reception

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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. The reception will be held in the cafeteria of the Rayburn House Office Building.
 
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DIRECTIONS TO THE RECEPTION
Take Metrorail to the Capitol South Metro Station (Orange/Blue/Silver lines). Metrorail provides easy access to the Rayburn House Office Building. Metro SmarTrip® cards and instructions are provided in your packet of conference materials.
 
 
 
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