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American Public Transportation Association

 Program Overview

Tuesday, August 14
11:30 – 6 p.m.

Registration

1 – 5 p.m.

NCHRP 20-65 Panel Meeting

6 – 7 p.m.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, August 15
7 – 5 p.m.

Registration

7 – 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome to Illinois

Speakers:

  • David Spacek, deputy director-transit, Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago, IL
  • Laura Calderon, executive director, Illinois Public Transportation Association, Springfield, IL
8:30 – 10:15 a.m.

General Session: National Partners Roundtable

Moderator:

  • Linda McMinimy, chair, APTA State Affairs Committee;  executive director, Virginia Transit Association, Richmond, VA

Speakers:

  • Art Guzzetti, vice-president-policy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Charles Dickson, associate director, Community Transportation Association of America, Washington, DC
  • Shailen Bhatt, secretary, Delaware Department of Transportation; chairman, AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation, Dover, DE
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

General Session: FTA Programs Update

Moderator:

  • Ronald L. Epstein, chief financial officer, New York State Department of Transportation, Albany, NY

Speakers:

  • Henrika Buchanan-Smith, associate administrator, Office of Program Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Marisol Simon, regional administrator, Region V, Federal Transit Administration, Chicago, IL
12 –1:30 p.m.

Luncheon: Presentations from the Chicagoland Area 

Moderator:

  • Art Guzzetti, vice-president-policy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • Thomas (T.J.) Ross, P.E., executive director, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Alexander D. Clifford, executive director/CEO, Metra, Chicago, IL
  • Joseph G. Costello, executive director, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
1:45 – 5 p.m.

Concurrent Session: State Association Roundtable

Moderator:

  • Linda McMinimy, chair, APTA State Affairs Committee;  executive director, Virginia Transit Association, Richmond, VA

Speakers:

  • Brenna Conway, transit campaign coordinator, Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago, IL
  • Joshua Shaw, executive director, California Transit Association, Sacramento, CA 
1:45 – 5 p.m.

Concurrent Session: AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation Business Meeting

Thursday, August 16
7 – 10 a.m.

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

APTA State Affairs Committee Meeting

  • Chair, Linda McMinimy
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10 a.m.

General Session: Challenges and Opportunities for State and Local Initiatives

Moderator:

  • Kristin Joyner, executive director, Southwest Transit Association, Fort Worth, TX

Speakers:

  • Brian Marshall, chief executive officer, Capital Area Transit System Baton Rouge, LA
  • Jim Dickey, executive director, Arizona Transit Association, Gilbert, AZ
  • Geri Beardsley, executive director, Washington State Transit Association, Olympia, WA 
  • Gary R. Goyke, legislative liaison, Wisconsin Urban & Rural Transit Association, Madison, WI
10 – 10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

General Session: Procurement Hot Topics

Moderator:

  • Michael A. Sanders, transit administrator, Bureau of Public Transportation, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT

Speakers:

  • Patti Monahan, executive director, National RTAP, Woburn, MA  
  • Jeff Hiott, sr. program manager, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Sharon Edgar, administrator, office of passenger transportation, Michigan Department of Transportation, Lansing, MI
12 –1:30 p.m.

Luncheon: Putting Transit to Work in Main Street America

Moderator:

  • Ed Coven, state transit manager, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, FL 

Speakers:

  • Sasha Forbes, policy associate, Reconnecting America, Center for Transit-Oriented Development, Washington, DC
  • Chris Zeilinger, director, National Resource Center, Community Transportation Association of America, Washington, DC

 

1:30 – 3 p.m.

General Session: Performance Management and Measures

Moderator:

  • Steven A. Billings, vice-chair, APTA State Affairs Committee; administrator of transit, Missouri Department of Transportation, Jefferson City, MO

Speakers:

  • John Dockendorf, chief, Urban Transportation Division, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, PA
  • John Alley, chief, Transit Section, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison, WI
  • Hugh Louch, principle, Cambridge Systematics, Cambridge, MA
3 – 3:15 p.m.

Break

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

General Session: Mobility Management

Moderator:

  • Sheryl Gross-Glaser, director-partnership for mobility management, Community Transportation Association of America, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • Michael A. Sanders, transit administrator, Bureau of Public Transportation, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT
  • David Spacek, deputy director-transit, Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago, IL (invited)
  • Barb Ladner, business development manager, PACE, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Rachel Beyerle, resource and publications manager, Easter Seals Project ACTION, Washington, DC 
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

General Session: Refining Messaging for Congress and State Legislators

Moderator:

  • Jason Jordan, director, Center for Transportation Excellence, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • Shawna Russell, associate vice president - governmental relations, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T); Legislative Chair, Texas Transit Association, Fort Worth, TX
  • Andrew Austin, executive director, Americans for Transit, Washington, DC
Friday, August 17

7: 30 – noon

MTAP Committee Meeting

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