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American Public Transportation Association

 At A Glance

The 2014 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO is scheduled for October 12-15 in Houston, Texas at the Hilton Americas & George R. Brown Convention Center. Hosted by Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston METRO), APTA's major policy & management conference attracts public transportation leaders and managers from all sectors. Join the discussions with your colleagues to share best practices. Register early for this opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from one another.

NOTE: For session/tour details, click on 'Program' in the left-hand navigation panel.

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Last updated September 18, 2014. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

APTA Gives Back to Houston

Join APTA and volunteer your time at the Houston Food Bank, the nation's largest food bank. Last year, the Houston Food Bank fed over 137,000 people every week in over 18 counties with the help of volunteers. Transportation will be provided by Houston METRO to and from the food bank.

Space is limited – sign up now to volunteer.
1:30 p.m. Shotgun
American Public Transportation Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament
 

Before hitting the Annual Meeting & EXPO 2014, join your colleagues and friends for a “relaxing” 18 holes of golf. The APTF will provide lunch and have its award presentation and dinner buffet immediately following the tournament.

Location: Tour 18 Houston Golf Course, 3102 FM, 1960 East, Humble, TX
Cost: Individual - $200 / Foursome - $750  
Click here to register for the tournament.
 
Bus transportation to and from the Hilton Americas Hotel will be provided.
 
Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Pamela Boswell at 202-496-4803 or pboswell@apta.com.
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Committee Meetings
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk
  • Host Information Desk

12 – 4 p.m.

APTA Board of Directors Meeting

2 - 5 p.m.

TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE (TTI) WORKSHOP: Hot Topics in Transit

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Committee Meetings
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk
  • Host Information Desk
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

1 – 2:15 p.m.

This is APTA
How do you get the most out of your membership?
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Houston METRO Technical Tour

  • Houston B-cycle/Houston Bike Share: Connecting Neighborhoods to METRO's Bus and Rail System

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Houston Reception 

Sponsored by Parsons Corporation

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 13
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk
  • Host Information Desk
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Committee Meetings

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: State of the Industry & Association

Keynote Address: The Changing Face of Houston: The Prospects for Walkable Urbanism in a Car-Centered City

  • Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D., co-director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Department of Sociology, Rice University, Houston, TX
     

Sponsored by Keolis

 

 

10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

EXPO OPEN

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Committee Meetings

1:30 – 3 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: USDOT Update

  • U.S. Department of Transportation Officials

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Educational Sessions

  • Linking Transit & Land Use: Building & Sustaining Transit-Oriented Communities
  • Congress & the Federal Transportation Agenda
  • AdWheel Awards Ceremony
  • Innovative Funding Ideas for Public Transportation

             Sponsored by TranSystems Corporation

  • Big Transportation Infrastructure Projects Worldwide
  • Launching Next Year’s Celebration of the ADA’s 25th Anniversary
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Committee Meetings

5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation Reception

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk
  • Host Information Desk
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

APTA AWARDS CEREMONY & BREAKFAST

Sponsored by SPX GENFARE

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

EXPO OPEN

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Educational Sessions

  • APTA-COMTO DBE Assembly: GOOD NEWS About Good Faith Efforts!
      Sponsored by Maruti Fleet & Management, LLC
  • Celebrating Tomorrow's Leaders: Leadership APTA & the American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards
  • Promising Practices in Asset Management, State of Good Repair & Performance-Based Planning
       
    Sponsored by BAE Systems
  • Trends in Public Transportation: Let's Seize the Opportunity
  • Small Operators' Innovations and Best Practices
  • Reimagining Transit, Regions, and Communities: A Texas Transit Roundup
  • Above the Din of the Deal: Comprehensive Finance Approaches to Advance Public Transportation Projects
         Sponsored by TranSystems Corporation
2 - 4:30 p.m.

Houston METRO Technical Tours
(also offered Wednesday afternoon)

  • METRORail Operating Facility
  • METROLift Operations Center
  • Houston TranStar-Emergency Management
  • Arts in Transit
4 - 5:30 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: A Round-Table Discussion with American Mayors  

Sponsored by AECOM 

5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Leadership APTA Reception

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15
7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk
  • Host Information Desk
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 - 9:15 a.m.

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: Gender + Generations in Transportation

  • Guest Speaker: Hannah Ubl, generational expert, BridgeWorks LLC,
    Minneapolis, MN

Sponsored by Keolis

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. FORUM: Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

EXPO OPEN

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Concurrent Educational Sessions

  • Management and Integration of Current and New Technologies
  • The Transit Board Member's Role in Procurement
  • Top Actions to MItigate Distracted Driving
  • Executive Round Table: Advancing our Front-Line Workforce
           Sponsored by TranSystems Corporation
  • You Are a Powerful Force: Public Transportation & Real Estate Values
  • Art in Transit

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Re-thinking Urban Mobility

  • Guest Speaker: Sonja Heikkilä, architect of Helsinki Regional Transport Plan and transportation engineer, City of Helsinki, Finland 


    Sponsored by ARCADIS U.S., Inc. 

 

12:45 - 2 p.m. Committee Meetings
1 - 5 p.m. FTA WORKSHOP & LISTENING SESSION: MAP-21 Capital Investment Grants
(Section 5309) Program
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. TRANSPORTATION SAFETY INSTITUTE (TSI) WORKSHOP: Safety Management Systems & MAP-21
2 - 4:30 p.m.

Houston METRO Technical Tours
(also offered Tuesday afternoon)

  • METRORail Operating Facility
  • METROLift Operations Center
  • Houston TranStar-Emergency Management
  • Arts in Transit

 

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