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American Public Transportation Association

Media Advisory

9/13/2013

Contact:

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

Public Transportation Leaders To Convene In Chicago

2013 APTA Annual Meeting To Be Held September 30 – October 2, 2013

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will hold its Annual Meeting September 30– October 2, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, IL.  Hosted by the Chicago Transit Authority, this premier industry event will attract more than 1,200 public transportation leaders from across North America.  

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will share his vision for the public transportation industry and priorities for the department on September 30 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Peter Rogoff, the administrator for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), will speak at the Opening Session on September 30, and share his thoughts on the FTA’s national initiatives for the industry. 

The 2013 APTA Annual Meeting will include sessions that focus on a number of topics affecting the public transportation industry including:  MAP-21 legislation, high-speed rail, sustainability, economic issues, workforce development, technology, safety and security, and public-private partnerships. 

Additionally, a product showcase with more than 100 exhibitors will take place on Monday, September 30, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Chicago Hilton.  Listed below are some highlighted session topics; to view a complete schedule visit www.apta.com.

***News media are invited to attend the conference at no charge but early registration is encouraged.  Please complete the media registration form.  On-site media registration is available at the conference registration desk at the Chicago Hilton in Boulevard A, Second Floor.  The media center is in room PDR 2 at the Chicago Hilton.

 

Monday, September 30

8 – 9:30 a.m.
Second Floor
International Ballroom

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: It's All About the People 

Presiding:
-Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Sponsor Recognition:
-Francois-Xavier Perin,
chief executive officer & president, Ratp Dev, Paris, France

Host Welcomes:
-Terry Peterson, chairman, Chicago Transit Board, Chicago, IL

-Forrest Claypool, president, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Remarks:
-Administrator Peter M. Rogoff,
Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DE
-Flora M. Castillo, CHIE,
2012-2013 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
-Peter Varga, 2013-2014 chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards Presentation:
 -Bonnie D. Shepherd, chair, American Public Transportation Foundation, and vice president, Northeast transportation, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Rockville, MD

 

 

10 – 11:30 a.m.
Lobby Level
Continental A

Host Forum – Leveraging Innovation in Transportation Investments
The Chicago metropolitan region is home to one of the largest and oldest public transportation systems in the country. A major transportation hub, it moves nearly 2 million bus and rail riders a day. Operators are increasingly relying on innovation to increase transit usage, improve efficiency, fight congestion, expand access, and serve residents of the Chicago metropolitan region more effectively. New transportation technology and programs that deliver a variety of mobility options are benefiting transit users and the environment, and enriching daily life by increasing accessibility and giving users options. The goal is a modern, integrated, coordinated, and innovative rapid transit system that serves the entire Chicago metropolitan region. 

 

 

10 – 11:30 a.m.
Second Floor
Grand Ballroom

 

 

Boston Marathon Attack and Key Role of MBTA
On April 15, 2013, a heinous act of terrorism was carried out at the site of the Boston Marathon. Immediately following the attack, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority joined with Boston area first-responders and the entire Boston community in actions that were incredible and heroic.  Learn from their experiences that spanned issues and challenges ranging from security to crisis operations and communications to inter-agency and government interface.

 

 

11:30 – 2 p.m.
Lower Level
Salons C & D

Products & Services Showcase
Many business members’ products and services are showcased at the 2013 Products & Services Showcase.  Expert personnel are on hand to answer questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of public transportation equipment and services. 

 

 

2:30 – 4 p.m.
Second Floor
International Ballroom

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
Join us for an informative session as U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx shares with us his vision for the public transportation industry and priorities for the department.  Come Secretary Foxx, a strong proponent of public transportation and former mayor of Charlotte, NC, in his first appearance at an APTA conference.  FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff will join the Secretary for this robust session on department priorities.

 

 

2:30 – 4 p.m.
Lobby Level
Continental A

Transit's Next Decade: Supporting Millennials & the Business Community
Recent APTA research shows that hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity are at stake due to inadequate investment in public transit. Meanwhile, generational forces and demographic change are increasing the demand for public transportation. Learn about new research and strategies that can make our next decade an even better one.

 

 

4:30 – 6 pm.
Third Floor
Waldorf Room

Congress and the Federal Public Transportation Agenda

With passenger rail and rail safety legislation expiring at the end of September 2013, and the final year of the surface transportation authorization law (MAP-21) beginning, what should the public transportation industry expect to see in terms of legislative progress? Can Congress reach bipartisan agreement to advance solutions to the crisis facing the Highway Trust Fund and Mass Transit Account in 2015?  Key congressional staff engaged in overseeing public transportation programs will share their views on the outlook for legislative progress during the remainder of the 113th Congress.

 

 

Tuesday, October 1

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Second Floor
International Ballroom

GENERAL SESSION: APTA Business Members Present Gil Penalosa
Our guest speaker, Gil Penalosa, Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit organization 8-80 Cities, is an internationally recognized livable cities consultant who works to create vibrant, sustainable, and healthy cities for all - from 8 to 80 years old.  Penalosa’s focus is on how transportation shapes our urban environments, bringing a unique blend of pragmatism and passion on how to effect change in land use and transportation systems in cities around the world to create vibrant and active places and sustainable mobility.

 

 

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Second Floor
Grand Ballroom

The Human Factor – Transit’s Greatest Asset
Under MAP-21, the Federal Transit Administration awarded $7M in grants for innovative workforce development projects, with an emphasis on promoting training opportunities in emerging technologies and encouraging young people to pursue careers in public transportation. This session will highlight examples of innovative projects, including a consortium for rail signals training courseware development; building a transit virtual career network to build awareness of the diverse career opportunities in the industry; hybrid technology maintenance education programs; and initiatives providing military veterans and high school students with skills training and assistance to help them make the transition into an agency’s bus maintenance apprenticeship program. 

 

 

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Third Floor
Waldorf Room

Private Sector Participation in Financing Transit Development & Operation
This important session will focus on ways in which the private sector can support transit development, operations, and state of good repair. Representing a variety of perspectives on public-private partnerships, the panel will share knowledge on the important distinction between funding projects and financing projects – a differentiation that is critical to transit managers in making decisions about how best to deliver new projects and improvements to existing operations.

 

 

2:30 – 4 p.m.
Second Floor
Grand Ballroom

MAP-21: FTA Safety Regulation & Requirements
Through MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), Congress created law that provides the FTA with the legal authority to regulate U.S. transit systems. As the FTA moves forward in developing its required policies and implementation strategies to address the new legislation, there are naturally many questions arising about the new regulatory structure and policies.  Join our informative session panel to ensure that you have the latest information and insights on how this new regulatory process is evolving.

 

 

2:30 – 4 p.m.
Lobby Level
Continental Ballroom C

Making Sustainability a Guiding Priority for the Transit Agency
Hear from high-flying APTA Sustainability Commitment Platinum and Gold-level recipients as they explain how developing a sustainability plan has led to improved service, satisfied customers, happy employees, and stronger communities. Panelists will discuss the challenges of building the sustainability department, crafting a strategic plan, and measuring outcomes, and will explain how the process of reaching a higher recognition level in the APTA Sustainability Commitment has improved their organization.

 

 

Wednesday, October 2

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Lobby Level
Continental Ballroom C

Complete Streets in Constrained Corridors
Complete Streets strive to foster the balance among bikes, transit, cars, trucks, and pedestrians, often creating tension between competing modes and interests. How do transit agencies and municipalities work together to moderate the conflicts and prioritize users for select corridors and not sacrifice safety or the intent of the project? Hear perspectives on how urban circulators, street cars, and Bus Rapid Transit become part of the ultimate complete street in a constrained right of way.

 

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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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