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American Public Transportation Association

 Media Advisory

 3/8/2011

Contact:

Virginia Miller
(202) 496-4816
vmiller@apta.com

 Schedule Change for Monday and Tuesday at 2011 APTA Legislative Conference

 

Public Transportation Leaders Converge in Washington To Push For Increased Investment In
Public Transportation

More than 600 public transportation leaders will convene in Washington, DC at the 2011 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Legislative Conference at the JW Marriott Hotel from March 14 -16, to address the need for a well-funded, multi-year surface transportation authorization bill. A variety of other topics will be discussed, including: 2011 and 2012 appropriations, jobs, and high-speed rail. The 600+ public transit leaders will spend Tuesday and Wednesday on Capitol Hill lobbying their congressional representatives.

The 2011 Legislative Conference will feature a lineup of esteemed transportation leaders including: Ray LaHood, secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; John D. Porcari, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC; Peter M. Rogoff, administrator, Federal Transit Administration; Joseph C. Szabo, administrator, Federal Railroad Administration; U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL), chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), member, Committee on Ways and Means; U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), ranking member, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC; and U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, Committee on Appropriations.

What: 2011 APTA Legislative Conference
Where: JW Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC
When: Monday, March 14 - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Events:          Some conference events are highlighted below

Monday, March 14
9 - 10:15 a.m.
Salons III & IV
Ballroom Level

Opening General Session: What’s Ahead for Transit - New Opportunities in 2011

After welcoming remarks from APTA leadership, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will deliver a special keynote address that will provide insight into the
Administrations transportation priorities.

Presiding:

  • Michael J. Scanlon, chair, APTA, general manager/CEO, San Mateo County Transit District and Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, San Carlos, CA

President’s Welcome:

  • William Millar, president, APTA

Remarks from APTA Chair:

  • Michael J. Scanlon, chair, APTA, general manager/CEO, San Mateo County Transit District and Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, San Carlos, CA

Featured Speaker:

  • The Honorable John D. Porcari, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Salons III & IV
Ballroom Level

General Session: Federal Agency Update

A discussion with key modal administrators from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Important program updates and initiatives will be discussed, along with discussion of a long-term authorization bill.

Presiding:

  • William Millar, president, APTA

Featured Speakers:

  • The Honorable Joseph C. Szabo, administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Peter M. Rogoff, administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
3 - 4:15 p.m.
Salons III & IV
Ballroom Level

General Session: View from the Hill

Hear directly from key congressional staff on how the U.S. Senators and Representatives they work for are addressing transit issues. Issues to be discussed include authorization, jobs,
rail transit safety, and climate change.

Moderator:

  • Christopher P. Boylan, co-chair, APTA Federal Procedures and Regulations Legislative Subcommittee, director, governmental and strategic partnerships, General Contractors Association of New York, New York, NY

Panelists:

  • Shannon Hines, minority senior professional staff member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Jim Kolb, minority staff director, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Joyce Rose, majority staff director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Mitch Warren, senior policy adviser, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Salons III & IV
Ballroom Level

General Session: Capitol Hill Summit Kickoff

Hear from inspiring transit leaders and get tips from expert advocates on how to make the most of your appointments with your Members of Congress.

Presiding:

  • William Millar, president, APTA

Featured Speakers:

  • Gary C. Thomas, vice-chair, APTA, president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Stephanie Vance, principal, Advocacy Associates, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Steven LaTourette (R-OH), member, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), member, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives
Tuesday, March 15
7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Salons III & IV
Ballroom Level

General Session: Get Started With Members of Congress Breakfast
Hear about the latest developments from Members of Congress who serve on key committees as you prepare to head to Capitol Hill to make the case for increased investment in public
transportation.

Presiding:

  • J. Barry Barker, executive director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY

Featured Speakers:

  • The Honorable Ray LaHood, secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable John L. Mica (R-FL), chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Corrine Brown (D-FL), ranking member, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

You can view a complete conference schedule on APTA.com.

*** Registration for the media is FREE! Register online by Thursday COB or bring your media credentials to register onsite starting Monday. The APTA Media Center will be located in the Treasury Room at the JW Marriott. ***

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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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