APTA Registration

7:30 – 4:30 a.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

 

Host Information Booth

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

 

Moderator/Speaker & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Room 380 D, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

 

APTA AWARDS CEREMONY & BREAKFAST

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

(tickets required)

All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to attend the 2014 APTA Awards Ceremony to honor this year’s recipients. The APTA Awards will be presented in the following categories: Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award, Innovation Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member Award, Local Distinguished Service Award, National Distinguished Service Award, Lifetime of Academic Distinction Award, and Hall of Fame Award.

Breakfast sponsored by SPX GENFARE

Presiding Officer

  • Michael S. Harbour, Chair, Awards Committee; Acting CEO, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Presentation of Awards
APTA Awards Committee

Safety Round Table

9 – 10 a.m.
Room 342 DE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

 

Sustainability Committee

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Room 342 AB, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA

Small Operators’ Innovations and Best Practices

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 340, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


How systems with 100 or fewer vehicles leverage their opportunities

APTA’s small transit systems are featured as they highlight innovative practices covering a range of topics. Through short, individual presentations, learn how your colleagues are addressing challenges and opportunities.

Facilitators

  • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, Co-Chair, Small Operations Legislative Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; Chair, Small Operations Committee; Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR
  • Andrew J. Johnson, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Small Operations Committee; General Manager, Connect Transit, Normal, IL

Harnessing the Power – Student Run Transportation at UMass

  • Jeri Baker, Transportation Services Director, UMass Transit Service, Amherst, MA

Developing New Champions for Transit in the Heart of the Rust Belt

  • Edgar H. Benning, General Manager/CEO, Mass Transportation Authority, Flint, MI

Increasing the Range of the Electric Bus

  • Len Engel, Director, Operations & Maintenance, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Lancaster, CA

What to DO with All This Data? The Role of ITS Development Planning

  • Richard H. Farr, Executive Director, York County Transportation Authority (dba rabbittransit), York, PA

So – You Want to Destigmatize the “B-word,” Engage Effectively, Pass a Millage, and Deliver on a Promise

  • Don Kline, Integrated Marketing Coordinator, Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, Ann Arbor, MI

 

APTA-COMTO DBE Assembly: GOOD NEWS about Good Faith Efforts!

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 310, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Supporting successful DBE programs

This session will focus on innovative approaches that have been implemented to support the inclusion of DBE firms in transit projects as both primes and subcontractors; insuring fairness and opportunity, and building sustainable small, minority and women owned businesses. regardless of the size of the project, there are creative ways to create opportunities! Bring your examples and ideas and share the GOOD NEWS! Universal Public Procurement Certification (UPPCC) Contact Hours: XX Session sponsored by Maruti Fleet & Management, LLC Introductory Remarks

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Moderator

  • Michael G. Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, Ann Arbor, MI

Panelists

  • Linda Ford, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Thomas F. Prendergast, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY
  • Charlotte Hitchcock, President and CEO, Global Integrated Supply, Staten Island, NY
  • Janice R. Thomas, CPPB, Senior Director, Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights, Metra, Chicago, IL
  • George Furnanz, Member, APTA Board of Directors; CEO, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., Alameda, CA
  • Julie Dorazio, Northeast Market Segment Lead – Transit/Rail, AECOM , New York, NY
  • Rajendra Jadhav, Head of Rail Control Solutions, Americas, Bombardier Transportation-Rail Control Solutions, Pittsburgh, PA

Closing Remarks

  • Robert H. Prince, Jr., Vice President and Industry Liaison, AECOM, Boston, MA

 

Promising Practices in Asset Management, State of Good Repair & Performance-Based Planning

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 320, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Linking SGR needs and performance-based planning at the agency to the regional level

One of the five requirements of the National Transit Asset Management (TAM) System, as mandated in MAP-21, is that all FTA grantees must develop a TAM plan, including an asset inventory with condition assessments and an investment prioritization process. Performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) involves the application of performance management within the planning and programming processes of agencies to achieve desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system. Development of long-range transportation plans, federally required Asset Management Plans, and regional and state-level programming documents such as State and Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs (STIPs and TIPs), are all elements of PBPP. This performance-based approach to planning and programming attempts to ensure that transportation decisions are made – both long-term and short-term – based on their ability to meet established goals. Come learn from leading agencies and metropolitan planning organization representatives on how your peers are integrating transit asset management and state of good repair priorities in order to make better capital planning investment decisions.
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Related TCRP Documents: R-157, S-92
 
Session sponsored by BAE Systems
 

Moderator

  • Lee G. Gibson, Vice Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Member, APTA Board of Directors; Co-Chair, Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee; Chief Executive Officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV

FTA Update

  • Robert J. Tuccillo, Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Sherry Riklin, Deputy Associate Adminstrator-Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

APTA Standards Products, Transit Asset Management Plans, and the Roadmap to State of Good Repair

  • Rolando Cruz, Executive Director & Vice President, Maintenance and Facilities, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA
  • Paul Edwards, P.E., Senior Program Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

TransAM: Linking Asset Management and Capital Planning

  • Laurie L. Hussey, Principal, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Cambridge, MA

 

Above the Din of the Deal: Comprehensive Finance Approaches to Advance Public Transportation Projects

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 360 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Investment and project delivery strategies for projects of all sizes

This session is a comprehensive discussion of finance strategies and project delivery approaches that can help advance transit projects of all sizes in this age of uncertain and constrained public funding. Building on the series of case studies presented at Monday’s finance session, the world-class panelists at this session will advise on broader strategies to make the most of alternative project delivery tools and Federal credit programs and tax incentives for transportation investment, and will share the latest information on the Obama Administration’s new Build America Investment Initiative, including the Treasury Department’s fresh perspective on stimulating infrastructure investment.
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Related TCRP Documents: R-31, R-129, LRD-28, LRD-39, LRD-45, LRD-47
 
Session sponsored by TranSystems Corporation

 

Moderator

  • Michael I. Schneider, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Public-Private Partnerships Committee; Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HDR Global Infrastructure Advisory Practice, HDR, Los Angeles, CA

Public-Private Partnerships

  • Michael I. Schneider, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Public-Private Partnerships Committee; Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HDR Global Infrastructure Advisory Practice, HDR, Los Angeles, CA

Federal Credit Programs and Tax Incentives for Transportation: TIFIA, RRIF, APTA’s TIFIA Loans-to-Lenders Proposal, Qualified Tax Credit Bonds, PABs

  • Tamar Henkin, Partner, High Street Consulting Group, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Bryan Grote, Principal, Mercator Advisors LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Obama Administration’s Build America Investment Initiative

  • Blair Anderson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Budget, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
  • Kent Hiteshew, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC

 

Celebrating Tomorrow’s Leaders: Leadership APTA & the American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Congratulate the Leadership APTA Class of 2014 grads, welcome the Class of 2015, and honor the many students awarded APTF scholarships

Join us for a special joint celebration as we applaud the recipients of APTF scholarships and congratulate the graduates of Leadership APTA Class of 2014 and welcome the incoming class.

This session spotlights and honors the American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards recipients. Listen to these young leaders as they share their personal journeys in the transit industry and inform us about their work in cutting-edge research and technologies. Engage with our scholarship winners as they lead a discussion and share their ideas on how to recruit young professionals into the public transportation industry to foster a talented and dedicated workforce.

This session celebrates the Leadership APTA Class of 2014 graduates who are anxious to share highlights of their interviews and conversations with the industry’s top executive leaders. Their presentations address key findings gathered from in-depth research supporting their leadership projects. This year’s graduating class has prepared five substantive projects as told through the lens of insights and lessons learned from transit’s top executive leaders. Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments and industry contributions of the Leadership APTA Class of 2014 at its graduation ceremony and meet the incoming Class of 2015.

 

Presiding Officers

  • Huelon A. Harrison, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; Principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX
  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Chief Executive Officer, LYNX – Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

APTF Scholarship Recipients: Round-Table Discussion – Moderator

  • Jamaal Schoby, Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Panelists

  • Linda Apodaca, Manager of Community Engagement, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Sean Howard, Bus Operator, Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA), State College, PA
  • Sean Varsolona, Senior Program Coordinator, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

APTF Donald C. Hyde Memorial Award: Presentation

  • Kevin Morrissey, Student Trainer, UMass Transit Service, Amherst, MA

APTA’s Executive Leadership Remarks – APTF Scholars

  • Phillip A. Washington, 2014-2015 Chair, APTA; General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

2014 APTF Scholars Recognition & Awards

  • Huelon A. Harrison, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; Principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX

Leadership APTA Program Year Highlights & Class Member Recognition

  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Chief Executive Officer, LYNX – Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

Leadership APTA Class of 2014: Project Presentation HighlightsTeam 1: Change Your World: Transit Funding & the Grand Community Vision

  • Eileen Rodriguez, General Manager, Administration & Information Management, MTA Long Island Rail Road, Jamaica, NY
  • Bryan D. Smith, Director of Planning, Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), Kent, OH

Team 2: Developing the Leader Within — Foundations of Effective Techniques

  • Karen W. Harvey, Director-Human Resources, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Deanna Leggett, Senior Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Highland Village, TX

Team 3: Building Collaborative Partnerships: A Route to Future Success

  • Marie Benton, Senior Manager, Fleet Services Support, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Brent Boyd, Senior Transportation Planner and Rail Operations Analyst, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA

Team 4: Strategies for Successful Tax Referendums

  • Julie Kaye Skeen, Vice President – Denver Manager of Operations, Jacobs, Denver, CO
  • Santiago E. Osorio, Director of Operational Training, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Team 5: Surfing the Data Tsunami: Agile Data/Information Strategies for Public Transportation

  • David B. Huffaker, Operations Business Manager/Acting Director, Facilities and Asset Control, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Laura M. Minns, AICP, Senior Project Manager, LYNX – Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

APTA’s Executive Leadership Remarks – Leadership APTA

  • Peter Varga, 2013-2014 Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Leadership APTA Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony

  • Ibrahima Toure, Director of Business Development – Western Regions, Transdev North America, Englewood, CO

Leadership APTA Class of 2015 Introduction

  • Jameson T. Auten, Vice President of Regional Service Delivery, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO

Closing Remarks

  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Chief Executive Officer, LYNX – Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

 

Reimagining Transit, Regions, and Communities: A Texas Transit Roundup

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 370 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Transforming services for sustainable, economic development

Planning and implementing new and restructured service can transform a region and communities. It takes partnerships with municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations, the state DOT, and the business community among others to make this happen. This session puts a spotlight on Texas public transit agencies that are moving forward to enhance services for long-term economic and sustainable development, transforming communities, and providing access and connectivity with essential services.
 
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) CM Hours: 2.0

Moderator

  • Kimberly Slaughter, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Vice President/Central Region Transit Market Director, HDR, Chicago, IL

Panelists

  • Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, Board Member, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Kurt Luhrsen, Vice President, Planning, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Stephen Salin, AICP, Vice President Rail Planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Jason Rodriguez, Strategic Planner III, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
  • Rashed Islam, PE, PTOE, ENV SP, Vice President, HDR, Austin, TX
  • Todd Hemingson, AICP, Vice President, Strategic Planning & Development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

 

Trends in Public Perceptions of Public Transportation: Let’s Seize the Opportunity

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 361 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Where public transportation goes, community grows

Join us for a round-table discussion as we take a close look at changing demographic, social, and mobility trends and how they are impacting how public transportation is perceived in communities across the country. Hear from top leaders on changing public perceptions of public transit and how we are rethinking and adapting our services and communications. We’ll also talk about seizing this opportunity to create a new generation of public transit riders and advocates. This will be a wide-ranging discussion on topics such as working with alternative transit options, the increased use of mobile technology, extreme weather issues, and meeting current and future demands. Leave with ideas you can use at your organization.
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Related TCRP Documents: R-122, R-63, WEB-61

Moderator

  • Paul C. Jablonski, Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; Chair, Rail Transit Committee; Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA

Panelists

  • Jennifer Kalczuk, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee; Co-Chair, Marketing — Advocacy Communications Task Force; External Relations Manager, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
  • Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
  • Carl G. Sedoryk, Vice Chair, Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee; Vice Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Co-Chair, Authorization Task Force; General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA
  • Linda Watson, President/Chief Executive Officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • David Bragdon, Executive Director, TransitCenter, Inc., New York, NY

 

HOUSTON METRO TECHNICAL TOURS

2 – 4:30 p.m.

Tours also available on Wednesday, October 15, 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Our host, Houston METRO, has arranged the following informative technical tours. Each tour is limited to 35 persons, so please sign up early on site at the host information booth in the APTA registration area, Plaza 3, 3rd Floor in the GRB Convention Center for the tour of your choice.

 
SHUTTLE DEPARTURE LOCATION: Shuttle buses for all four tours will begin loading at 1:30 and depart at 2 p.m. from the GRB Convention Center, Hall A, curbside. The buses will have appropriate tour signage and Houston METRO representatives will be on site to assist tour participants.
 
TOUR 1: Arts in Transit
You’ve got a window-seat for an up-close look at Houston METRO’s award winning Arts in Transit program.
 
With the addition of three light rail lines, 24 new rail stations were magically transformed into art landscapes featuring unique, original pieces celebrating Houston’s diverse culture through vibrant displays. From sparkling Lithocrete that reflects and creates color and shadows, to gleaming glass panels and sculpture to delicate leaves and flowers creating a canopy of diffuse light, nationally and internationally recognized artists have worked with communities to represent and highlight what they are all about.

NOTE: 
 Immediately following the Tuesday tour (only), particpants are invited to attend a reception with several of the featured artists at ‘Venue’ (downtown), or choose to return directly to the GRB Convention Center.

TOUR 2: Houston TranStar – Emergency Management
Houston TranStar is a consortium of four government agencies (Texas Dept. of Transportation (TxDOT), Harris County, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), and the City of Houston) that coordinate and enhance transportation and emergency management services, responding to freeway incidents and as well as large-scale natural- and man-made emergencies in Southeast Texas.

As the first entity to deploy Bluetooth sensors to detect and publish traffic speeds and patterns on its award-winning website, Houston TranStar leads the nation in technological innovations in transportation management.

When emergency conditions arise, responders from throughout the region gather in an impressive 120-seat emergency management center facilitating efficient use of resources and the capability to coordinate a quick, effective response. Most notably, the facility’s structure can withstand Category 4 hurricane force winds (155 mph), while bullet-proof windows, a unique water filtration system and three emergency generators maintain the building’s integrity during hurricanes and other disasters.

To learn more about Houston Transtar, visit houstontranstar.org.

TOUR 3: METRORail Operating Facility
The Rail Operations Center (ROC) is METRO’s principal rail facility, housing the majority of the METRO’s Rail fleet including the S-70 Siemens and the CAF Light Rail Vehicle under the watchful eye of METRO staff – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The ROC serves as the base for vehicle testing, integration, training, and heavy repair and houses the wayside elements that support the maintenance of the track, signals, communications and traction power.

This facility is also an industrial marvel distinguished by award-winning design, including recognition by the American Institute of Architects.  Additionally, the building exterior was recently enhanced by internationally-acclaimed artist – and METRORail Operator – Daniel Anquilu, who honored his METRORail family by creating the eye-catching mural featured in the ‘Welcome to Houston” APTA video.

TOUR 4: METROLift Operations Center
METROLift manages over 6,000 Paratransit trips each weekday across a 751 square mile area. Tour participants will have the opportunity to tour METROLift operations and learn about the strategies and technologies used to manage a large Paratransit system. Areas of focus include the role of the transit center in eligibility determinations, scheduling processes for improved on-time performance, and dispatching contracted operators.

Join METROLift staff for a dynamic, interactive overview of Houston’s Paratransit service! The tour will first visit the METROLift Customer Service & Eligibility Center where METRO utilizes the adjoining transit center and rail station alongside the METRO Administration building as part of the Paratransit eligibility process. Next, participants will have the opportunity to visit with Reservations and Scheduling managers and hear about innovative initiatives to manage increasing service demand: METROLift manages over 6,200 Paratransit trips each weekday across a 751 square mile service area!

The remainder of the tour will focus on the in-house Dispatch Center including the daily workflow, technologies for monitoring service, and dispatching of contracted operators. Over the last 20 years, METROLift has developed a dual contractor model and today operates a mix of agency owned cutaway vans and dedicated taxicab minivans that are wheelchair accessible. Local taxicab back-up services are also utilized to effectively manage peaks in demand.

METROLift management will share how scheduling strategies and staff structuring have contributed to an increase in on-time performance. The tour will also highlight creative ways that METROLift has leveraged existing METRO facilities and services to support contracted Paratransit operations and trim operating expenses.

 

GENERAL SESSION: A Conversation with U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Join us for an informative session as U.S. Transportation Secretary, the Honorable Anthony Foxx, shares with us the Administration’s vision for the public transportation industry and priorities for the future.

Presiding Officer

  • Carolyn Flowers, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC

Introduction

  • Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Presenter

  • Hon. Anthony Foxx, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

 

GENERAL SESSION: A Round-Table Discussion with American Mayors

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Preparing for a future of transit-oriented communities

America’s mayors are on the front lines of America’s cutting issues. Infrastructure renewal, urban growth and development, regentrification, complete streets, sustainability, transportation rebalancing, and the interrelationship between federal, local, and regional government are just a few of the overarching issues urban mayors confront each day in the context of their complex agendas. Please join the conversation as several of America’s prominent mayors talk about the new mobility, economic opportunity, and quality of life issues that will shape the American environment and lifestyle in the years ahead.

Session sponsored by AECOM

Presiding Officer

  • Phillip A. Washington, 2014-2015 Chair, APTA; General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Sponsor Recognition

  • Frederick W. Werner, P.E., Chief Growth Strategies Officer, AECOM , New York, NY

Moderator

  • Hon. Chris Coleman, President, National League of Cities and Mayor, City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, MN

Panelists

  • Hon. Annise D. Parker, Mayor, City of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Hon. Chris Koos, Mayor, Town of Normal, Normal, IL
  • Hon. Frank G. Jackson, Mayor, City of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

Invitation to 2015 Annual Meeting

  • Tom Nolan, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chairman, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

 

Leadership APTA Reception

6 – 7 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-A, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Join past, present, and future members of Leadership APTA classes and learn about alumni experiences in the program and what Leadership APTA has meant to their careers in public transportation. Share some refreshments and good company as you reconnect with friends and get to know the next generation of leaders within public transportation and APTA.

 

 
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