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American Public Transportation Association

Media Advisory

5/31/2012

Contact:

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

Morgan Lyons
(214) 749-3295           mlyons@dart.org

Transit Leaders and DOT Administrators Discuss the Future of Rail Transit; APTA to Release 2012 First Quarter Ridership Results

APTA Hosts Media Conference Call June 4

As the demand for public transit continues to increase while governments face tightened budgets, a series of questions need to be answered.  What are the first quarter public transit ridership results for 2012 and what does that mean in terms of ridership trends?  As Congress begins Conference Committee negotiations to pass a multi-year surface transportation bill, how should this ridership trend impact those discussions?  How can public transit systems help ensure our communities remain sustainable? What are the current state and the prospect for future growth of high-speed rail in the United States?

These questions, and others, will be addressed during an exclusive media call hosted by APTA President Michael Melaniphy, featuring Gary Thomas, DART President/Executive Director and Chairman of APTA, Joseph Szabo, Federal Railroad Administrator; and Therese McMillan, Deputy Administrator.

This informative, on-the-record call will help to kick off APTA’s 2012 Rail Conference in Dallas, TX from June 3-6. 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. For more information, visit http://www.apta.com/mc/rail/Pages/default.aspx.

WHO:  - Gary Thomas, DART President/Executive Director and Chairman of APTA
- Michael Melaniphy, President and CEO, APTA
- Joseph Szabo, Administrator, U.S. Federal Railroad Administration
- Therese McMillan, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Federal Transit Administration
WHAT: Participants will discuss the future integration of rail (freight, commuter and high-speed), with a focus on the sustainability of our transportation systems and the potential for high-speed and intercity rail over the coming decades.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m., central standard time, June 4
DIAL-IN:  (646) 216-7221 or (866) 200-6965
 Access Code 88863198#

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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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