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3/6/2013

Contact:

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

Public Transit Leaders Convene in Washington

 

Nearly 600 public transportation leaders will convene in Washington, DC at the 2013 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Legislative Conference at the JW Marriott Hotel from March 10 - 12, to address the need for funding and policies that will support the needs of our nation’s public transportation and passenger rail systems. A variety of topics will be discussed, including: ideas for new revenues to support shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund and Mass Transit Account; implementation of the Federal surface transportation law, MAP-21; and the outlook for passenger rail and rail safety legislation in 2013. The public transit leaders will spend Tuesday and Wednesday on Capitol Hill lobbying their congressional representatives.

The 2013 Legislative Conference will feature esteemed transportation leaders including: Ray LaHood, secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; Peter M. Rogoff, administrator, Federal Transit Administration; Joseph C. Szabo, administrator, Federal Railroad Administration; and Steve LaTourette, former congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, (R-OH) and President, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies.

What:               2013 APTA Legislative Conference

Where:             JW Marriott Hotel

                                         1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

                                          Washington, DC

When:              Monday, March 11 - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Events:             Some conference events are highlighted below

 

*** Registration for the media is FREE! Fax in registration by Thursday, March 7, COB.  When filling out the registration form, cross out the registration fees and write in media.  If registering after COB on Thursday, bring your media credentials to register onsite starting Monday, March 11.  The APTA Media Center will be located in the Treasury Room at the JW Marriott. ***

 

Monday, March 11

 

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.                BREAKFAST

Salons I & II                     The “Insider” Perspective for the Transit Industry

Ballroom Level               Start your day off by gaining high-level policy insights on a hot topic at this sit-down breakfast.

                                             Presiding

Angela Iannuzziello, P.Eng. F.E.C., member APTA Executive Committee; chair, APTA Board Member     Board     of  Governors; and vice president, Canada national transit market sector lead, AECOM, Markham, ON

                                              Speaker:

-The Honorable Steve Latourette, former congressman, U.S. House of Representatives (R-OH), and President, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies

 

9 – 10:15 a.m.                     Opening General Session: What’s Ahead for Transit- -New Opportunities in 2013

Salons III & IV                     After welcoming remarks from APTA leadership, we will hear from FTA Administrator Peter M.

Ballroom Level                  Rogoff and FRA Administrator Joseph C. Szabo.  Important program updates and initiatives will be addressed, along with a discussion of MAP-21 initiatives.

Presiding:

- Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

President’s Welcome:

- Michael P. Melaniphy, president and CEO, APTA

Remarks from APTA Chair:

- Flora M. Castillo, CHIE

Featured Speakers:

                                               -The Honorable Peter M. Rogoff, administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

                                              -The Honorable Joseph C. Szabo, administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

                                   

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.             General Session: View from the Hill

Salons III & IV                      Hear directly from key congressional staff on how the U.S. Senators and Representatives they

Ballroom Level                    work for are addressing transit issues.  Issues to be discussed include authorization, jobs,

rail transit safety, and climate change.

Moderator:

Peter Varga, vice chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

Panelists:

-Dena Baron, majority clerk, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

-Homer Carlisle, majority professional staff member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

-Alex Keenan, majority clerk, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate

-Jim Tymon, majority staff director, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives

-Helena Zyblikewycz, minority professional staff member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives

 

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.                  Session A: Funding the Future of Transportation

Salons III & IV                     Join representatives of key stakeholders in an in-depth panel discussion of future funding
Ballroom Level                  strategies for the Federal transportation program.                                          

Moderator:

Ronald L. Epstein, member, APTA Executive Committee; chair, APTA Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittee; and chief financial officer, New York State Department of Transportation, Albany, NY

Panelists:

-Frederick “Bud” Wright, executive director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC

-Steven E. Sandherr, chief executive officer, Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, VA

-Deron Lovaas, director, Federal Transportation Policy, Energy & Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC

-Colin Peppard, transportation legislative assistant, Office of Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 

 

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.                  Session B: Rail Policy and Legislation in the 113th Congress

Salons G                             Join House and Senate staff from key Congressional committees for an informative discussion on

Ballroom Level                   what’s next for passenger rail.

Moderator:

-Matthew O. Tucker, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair,

APTA Commuter Rail Committee; chair, APTA Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee; and executive director, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA

Panelists:

-Mike Friedberg, majority staff director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

-Jennifer Homendy, minority staff director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

-Ian Jefferies, majority professional staff member, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 

-Dan Neumann, minority professional staff member, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

 

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.                  General Session: Update from U.S. DOT

Salons III & IV                      Participants will hear a special keynote address from U.S. Department of Transportation

Ballroom Level                   Secretary Ray LaHood.  A Q&A session will follow. 

                                              Moderator:

- Michael P. Melaniphy, president and CEO, APTA

Featured Speaker:

- The Honorable Ray LaHood, secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

 

Tuesday, March 15

 

7:30 – 10:30 a.m.                General Session: Get Started with Members of Congress Breakfast

Salons III & IV                    Start the most important day of the conference with a full breakfast and hear directly from

Ballroom Level                  Members of Congress on issues affecting public transportation.

                                                 Presiding:

-Jeffrey A. Nelson, chair, APTA Legislative Committee, and general manager, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink), Moline, IL

Featured Speakers:

-The Honorable Tom Petri (R-WI), chairman, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

-The Honorable Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), ranking member, Committee on the Budget, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

-The Honorable Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

 

For a complete conference schedule visit www.apta.com.

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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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