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 Call for Papers Invitation

From: Michael P. Melaniphy
President & CEO
Date: October 15, 2012
Subject: 2013 APTA Rail Conference
Call for Abstracts and Presentations

The American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) 2013 Rail Conference will be held June 2-5, 2013, at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. This conference focuses on timely issues of high interest for all rail modes: urban, commuter, high-speed, and intercity rail. The educational sessions enhance the technical skills and increase the effectiveness of today’s railroad/rail transit workforce.

Please share and showcase your innovations, research findings, and expertise with rail industry colleagues. I am delighted to invite all members to submit abstracts and presentation topics within the technical and educational tracks listed below by November 12, 2012.


  • 1 - Technology & Technical forums
  • 2 - Operations
  • 3 - Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
  • 4 - Planning, Sustainability, & Finance
  • 5 - Capital Programs
  • 6 - Policy & Management

Abstracts and presentation topics of no more than 200 words must be submitted online. For assistance with the online process, please contact APTA’s David Bruening at or (202) 496-4825.

If you have questions or want more information about the rail conference call for abstracts and presentation topics process please contact Cheryl Pyatt of APTA’s Program Management and Educational Services Department at (202) 496-4875 or e-mail

The call for abstracts or presentations is a unique opportunity for your work to be included in the rail conference proceedings. This opportunity is offered to APTA members as a member service.

All authors must be members of the American Public Transportation Association or an employee of a Federal partner such as the Federal Transit Administration or Federal Railroad Administration. If your organization is an APTA member, its employees are automatically APTA members. For information about joining APTA, you are invited to contact Helene Brett of APTA’s Member Services Department at (202) 496-4837 or e-mail

We welcome your participation in APTA’s 2013 Rail Conference and look forward to learning more about your work. Please act now to submit your abstract or presentation topic online by November 12, 2012.

Call for Papers Schedule
October 15, 2012 Announcement of call for papers
November 12, 2012 Abstracts due to APTA
December 17, 2012 Invitations issued to publish papers online and/or speak at the conference
March 1, 2013 Technical papers due to APTA
June 2013 Conference proceedings available online
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