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American Public Transportation Association

Media Advisory

6/7/2011

Contact:

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

Transit Leaders and DOT Administrators Discuss the Future of Passenger Rail

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 investment in public transit systems be the catalyst for sustainable economic growth in our communities? How will new public transit options provide Americans alternatives to escape rising gas prices? 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 Bill Millar, featuring Peter Rogoff, Administrator,U.S. Federal Transit Administration, Joseph Szabo, Administrator, US Federal Railroad Administration 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 2011Rail 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 rail transportation as a part of your local economic development activities, 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 http://www.apta.com/mc/rail/Pages/default.aspx.


WHO:  Bill Millar, APTA president for more than a decade, is an expert on all aspects of public transit. He will be joined by three
             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
  • Richard Davey, General Manager and Rail and 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 am 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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 The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger 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 is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public 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 ride APTA member systems.

 

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 The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger 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 is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public 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 ride APTA member systems.

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