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American Public Transportation Association

Media Advisory

6/10/2011

Contact:

Mantill Williams
(202) 496-4869
mwilliams@apta.com

Transit Leaders and DOT Administrators Discuss the Future of Rail Transit

APTA Hosts Media Conference Call Monday, June 13, 11:00 a.m. EDT

As the United States looks to the future of rail and public transportation over the next decade, important questions must be answered. How can public transit systems help ensure our communities remain sustainable? How will new public transit options merge with existing systems? What will be the impact of the United States government’s high-speed rail proposals?

These questions, and others, will be addressed during an exclusive media call hosted by APTA President William Millar, featuring Peter Rogoff, Administrator, U.S. Federal Transit Administration; Joseph Szabo, Administrator, U.S. Federal Railroad Administration; Jeff Mullan, Secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation; and Richard Davey, General Manager and Rail and Transit Administrator, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

This informative, on-the-record call will help to kick off APTA’s 2011 Rail Conference in Boston, MA, from June 12 through June 15. The conference addresses all of the pressing challenges facing rail and transit today – including how to integrate transportation and sustainability, as well as how best to implement high-speed rail plans in order to generate a return on investment. The entire conference is open to media; for more information, visit the APTA Rail Conference website.

WHO:

William Millar, APTA president for more than a decade, is an expert on all aspects of public transit. He will be joined by four participants with unique perspectives on rail in the North American region:

  • Peter Rogoff, Administrator, U.S. Federal Transit Administration
  • Joseph Szabo, Administrator, U.S. Federal Railroad Administration
  • Jeff Mullan, Secretary and CEO, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Richard Davey, General Manager and Rail Transit Administrator, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

WHAT:

Participants will discuss the future integration of rail (freight, high-speed and commuter), with a focus on the sustainability of our transportation systems and the potential for high-speed and intercity rail over the coming decades.

WHEN:     

Monday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon Eastern Time

RSVP:

Please e-mail Nick Fabiani at nfabiani@apcoworldwide.com or call (202) 778-1300 to register for the media conference call. Dial-in information will be sent upon RSVP.

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APTA is a nonprofit international association of over 1,500 public and private member organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne passenger services, and high-speed rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada are served by APTA member systems .

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