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 About This Workshop

Welcome to the Eleventh Annual APTA Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop, hosted by the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet). This year’s workshop places specific emphasis on sustainable community development, climate change adaptation and resiliency, maintaining a sustainable organization and operation, and green design and infrastructure.

TriMet and its partners in the Portland region offer a uniquely sustainable backdrop for the workshop to feature the Growing Places Initiative: expanding transit options to increase the livability and economic vitality of a growing region. Growing Places demonstrates how collaboration among jurisdictions, agencies, and communities helped the region reach beyond construction of light rail alignment to help achieve its goals. Transit agencies, municipalities and regions of all sizes can learn about the partnerships responsible for enhancing a region's livability through strategies on redevelopment, sustainability, active transportation, public art, more recently manifested during the planning and construction of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project.

Participants will:

  • Hear from experts 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 about U.S. DOT’s and FTA Ladders of Opportunity initiatives, with special emphasis on access and connectivity to health care and other essential services;
  • Learn how APTA members are improving efficiency, saving money, mitigating environmental impacts and promoting strategies that encourage public transit use;
  • Gain greater knowledge about innovative partnerships on sustainability; and
  • Experience firsthand how the TriMet and its partners are implementing these practices to help ensure a more sustainable future for the Portland region.
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Speakers to include:

  • Therese McMillan, acting administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon 3rd Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives, Portland, OR​
  • Neil McFarlane, general manager, TriMet
  • Tony Seba, author, “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation”
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Who should attend: general managers and senior staff likely to implement sustainability in transit agencies, suppliers, consultants, and others supportive of public transportation's role in sustainability

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