Innovative Partnerships for Sustainability and State of Good Repair
Welcome to the Eighth Annual APTA Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop. This year, the event focuses on the connection between sustainability and “state of good repair” (SOGR), and how innovative partnerships are being forged to advance both objectives.
The importance of advancing sustainability and state of good repair agendas comes at a time of increasing fiscal pressure. Historic ridership growth and budgets cuts have coincided with aging infrastructure and severe weather events. The resulting costs and damage have compelled the industry to seriously consider the impact of sustainability on infrastructure vulnerability, and to develop adaptation strategies that reduce future risk.
Rather than go it alone, partnerships have proven to be an effective solution. Increasingly, transit agencies, civic organizations, universities, and private-sector firms are joining forces to leverage available resources and develop comprehensive plans. The result is increased resiliency of transit systems and services, improved safety and service for customers, and new capacity for creative, cross-sector collaboration.
The workshop explores this convergence, and how emerging partnerships are paving the way to implement cutting-edge sustainable practices. Hear from speakers with a wealth of knowledge in these areas, including APTA Sustainability Commitment signatories with real world experience. Learn how APTA members are improving efficiency, saving money, mitigating environmental impacts and promoting strategies that encourage public transit use. Learn what models exist for forging innovative partnerships on sustainability. And experience firsthand how the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is implementing these practices to help ensure a more sustainable future for the greater Philadelphia region.