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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

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

 

 

Saturday, March 11

Conference Registration Desk

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 

Registration

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lanyards sponsored by Parsons Corporation
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APTA Board of Directors

12 - 5 p.m.
Chair, APTA, Doran J. Barnes

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

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Chair, Roberta Boomer

Business Members Legislative & Procurement Committees Joint Meeting

4 - 6 p.m.
Chair, Freddie C. Fuller, II

Commuter and Intercity Rail Joint Legislative Subcommittee

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

Sunday, March 12

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

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

Federal Procedures and Regulations Legislative Subcommittee and Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittee 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

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Chair, Douglas Lecato

Safety Coordinating Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Gerry Ruggiero

Small Operations Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Andrew J. Johnson

Procurement Steering Committee

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

Registration

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 

Business Member Programs Committee

9:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Raquel Olivier

APTF Board of Directors

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Chair, Jennifer Mitchell

Legislative Committee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, J. Barry Barker

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

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

Business Member Small Business Committee

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

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

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Dennis O. Anosike

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

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

CEO Search Task Force Listening Session

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Join us for a status update and discussion on APTA’s search for our next President & CEO.  We want to hear from you on what you believe are the most important attributes that the President/CEO should embody to lead APTA into the future.  This is one of a series of listening sessions that the CEO Search Task Force is holding to guide the development of the job description and the recruitment of APTA’s next leader.

 
Discussion Leaders:

Doran J. Barnes, Chair, APTA; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
 
Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Conference Planning Committee; Chair, Diversity Council; Vice Chair, APTA, APTA Finance Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

Public Private Partnership Committee

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Jeffrey D. Ensor

Mobility Management Committee

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Chair, Gary C. Thomas

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

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

Access Committee

2 - 4 p.m.
Chair, Ron L. Brooks

Business Member Board of Governors

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

Transit Board Members Committee

3 - 4:45 p.m.
Chair, David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA

State Affairs Committee

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Lisa M. Bacot

Human Resources Committee

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

General Session: Welcome to Washington

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Be sure to attend this session to get the latest information on the national political scene and how the outcome of 2016’s Congressional and Presidential races may affect the legislative agenda for this year and in the new Congress. Robert Costa, national political reporter for the Washington Post, and Amy Walter, National Editor of the Cook Political Report, will share their insights on how the dynamics between the new Administration and the 115th Congress will play out in this post-election season.
 
Welcome:
Paul J. Wiedefeld, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
 
Featured Speakers:
Robert Costa and Amy Walter 
 
General Sessions sponsored by AECOM
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Welcoming Reception

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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

Monday, March 13

Registration

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 

Breakfast: The “Insider” Perspective for the Transit Industry

8 - 9:15 a.m.

Session sponsored by APTA Business Members Activity Fund.

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

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

The opening general session kicks off the conference with welcoming comments from APTA’s leadership and will feature remarks from senior leadership at the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).  Come learn about the future of U.S. DOT and priorities of the new Trump Administration. [Speaker Invited] 
 
Sponsored by RouteMatch Software, Inc.
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General Session: Public Transportation: A Catalyst to Local Economic Development

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

A panel of regional leaders will discuss how strategic investments in bus rapid transit (BRT), light-rail, and heavy-rail public transportation projects, in their respective communities, have spurred significant residential and commercial development along and in proximity to these transit projects.  Panelists will highlight strategies for building local and regional support, effective community planning and collaboration, and partnering with private developers.
 
Moderator:
Valarie McCall, Immediate Past Chair, APTA and Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Cleveland, OH
 
Panelists:
Robin-Eve Jasper, President, NoMa Business Improvement District, Washington, DC
 
Tom Murphy, former Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, PA and Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC
 
Scott Rowe, AICP, Planning Coordinator, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Upper Marlboro, MD

Luncheon: The Capitol Steps

12 - 1:30 p.m.

(tickets required)
 
For over 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.
 
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Presiding:
Kevin J. Holzendorf
, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee, and Board of Directors – Secretary, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
 
Sponsor Recognition:
Richard Alexander, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Transdev North America, Lombard, IL
  
Lunch sponsored by Transdev North America
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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 and tax proposals being debated on Capitol Hill, this session will feature three panels of key Congressional staff representing House and Senate authorizing, appropriations, and tax committees.  Each panel will discuss different perspectives of the legislative process as it affects public transportation and take your questions.

Policy & Planning Committee

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Chair, Lee G. Gibson

Member Services Committee

5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.
 

Tuesday, March 14

Registration

7:30 - 11 a.m.
 

General Session: Get Started with Members of Congress Breakfast

8 - 10:30 a.m.
 

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.

Expo Committee

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Chair, Joe Gibson

Capitol Hill Visits

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 

National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA)

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

Chair, Marnie Primmer
 
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.

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.

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. 
 
SmarTrip cards sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.
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Wednesday, March 15

Federal Transit Administration Workshop - Capital Investment Grant Program

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

(registration/check-in begins at 8:30 am)
 
The Federal Transit Administration will present this half day workshop on the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program to provide information on New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity project eligibility, evaluation, and advancement. Insights and lessons learned on planning and project development will be discussed, along with planning and environmental linkages, CIG program trends, and funding/financing.
 
The workshop is available to all Legislative Conference registrants at no additional charge. To register please fill out and submit the following registration form. Pre-registration is required. On-site registration is on a space-available basis.
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