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American Public Transportation Association

 Schedule At A Glance

The 2015 Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 4-7 in San Francisco at the Hilton SF Union Square. Hosted by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, 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.

Sessions that directly address APTA’s 2015-2019 Strategic Goals have been identified throughout the program using the following icons:

 

NOTE: This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Last updated: October 19, 2015​

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Saturday, October 3   Sunday, October 4   Monday, October 5   Tuesday, October 6   Wednesday, October 7   

Saturday, October 3

7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Golf Tournament

"Golfing for a Cause"

Shotgun: 8 a.m.

Location: The Presidio Golf Course, 300 Finley Road, San Francisco, CA 

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the APTF Scholarship Fund. 

Visit www.aptfd.org for more information & to register your foursome(s)
 
Thank You To Our Sponsors
- Clever Devices
- Faiveley Transport
- Motor Coach Industries, Inc.
- TransitConsult LLC | Charles Wochele
- Xerox







logo for Motor Coach Industries


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8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings


10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Yosemite Room, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square



    Clipper card sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.
    logo for Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.

    Hotel keys sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.
    logo for Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

    Conference bag sponsored by Parsons Corporation
    logo for Parsons Corporation

    Lanyards sponsored by
    WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

    logo for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Conference App sponsored by Xerox
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  • Host Information Desk

    Yosemite Room, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

1 - 5 p.m.

NTI TRAINING: Understanding ADA

Golden Gate 8, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
> see Program for workshop details and registration information

Sunday, October 4

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings


8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • AdWheel Awards Exhibit

    Imperial Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    All 2015 entries are showcased. Visit the exhibit to see the best in public transportation marketing, advertising, and communications.

  • Conference Registration Desk

    Yosemite Room, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

  • Host Information Desk

    Yosemite Room, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Mason Room, 6th Floor, Hilton Union Square

1 - 2:15 p.m.

This is APTA

Plaza Room B, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
Your best industry resource; how to get involved in leadership on a national scale

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

GOVERNING: Transit Board Members as Impactful Leaders NEW!

Plaza Room B, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
Learn about current trends in public transportation and expand your governance skills at this new program

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

FTA’s Office of Program Oversight: Updates and Trends

Imperial Ballroom A, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
(CEOs and their designees only, please)

6 - 8 p.m.

Welcome to San Francisco Reception at the Products & Services Showcase

Continental Ballroom, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
(tickets required)

Welcome Reception sponsored by HNTB Corporation
logo for HNTB Corporation

Monday, October 5

7 - 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Grand Ballroom A, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

Continental Breakfast sponsored by RS&H
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7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings


7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • AdWheel Awards Exhibit

    Imperial Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    All 2015 entries are showcased. Visit the exhibit to see the best in public transportation marketing, advertising, and communications.

  • Conference Registration Desk

    Yosemite Room, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

  • Host Information Desk

    Yosemite Room, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Mason Room, 6th Floor, Hilton Union Square

  • TCRP Information Center

    Yosemite Foyer, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

8 - 8:45 a.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: State of the Industry & Association

Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
  

Opening General Session sponsored by AECOM
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8:45 - 10 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION: APTA Business Members Present MOVE: America's Transportation Future

Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
"America has been waiting for a call to think big and act big as we envision our transportation future. Kanter's important book is it." -Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts, 2007-2015Keynote Speaker: Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Author, and Professor, Harvard Business School
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10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Big Transportation Infrastructure Projects Worldwide

    Grand Ballroom A, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    The big picture at a global level
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    Session Sponsored by TranSystems Corporation
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  • Blueprints for Transit Oriented Communities

    Plaza Room B, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    New tools and partnerships for transit and land-use decisions
    company logo

     


  • Congress & the Federal Transportation Agenda

    Imperial Ballroom A, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    What is happening now and what does the future hold for Federal legislation on transportation?
    company logo

     


  • Emergency Preparedness: Case Studies for Senior Leadership

    Golden Gate 4&5, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    Strategies to protect passengers and employees
    company logo

     


  • Innovative Ideas from the Bay Area

    Plaza Room A, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    A laboratory for game-changing innovation

  • Procurement Audits

    Golden Gate 2, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    How to take the “GOTCHA” out of procurement audits

  • Small Public Transit Agencies’ Best Practices

    Imperial Ballroom B, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    How systems with 100 or fewer vehicles leverage their opportunities

12 - 1:30 p.m.

APTA Diversity Council LGBT Listening Session

Franciscan A, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

12 - 2:30 p.m.

PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

Continental Ballroom, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
(includes lunch; tickets required)
>see Exhibitor Information/Registration for details and to register

Product Showcase lunch sponsored by Thales and APTA
logo for Thales Transport & Security, Inc.
2:30 - 4 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • AdWheel Awards Ceremony

    Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    A lively, entertaining event honoring the best in public transportation marketing and communications

  • APTA-COMTO DBE Assembly

    Imperial Ballroom B, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    “I’m certified. I’m registered. Where is my contract?”

  • Beyond Green: Sustainability in Practice

    Imperial Ballroom A, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Finding value in sustainability for your organization
    Session sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS

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  • High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Projects

    Grand Ballroom A, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Continued progress in key corridors
     Session Sponsored by TranSystems Corporation

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  • Making Better Use of Existing Funding and Financing Tools

    Plaza Room A, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    An inspiring report from APTA’s 2015 International Study Mission
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  • Public Transportation's "Pitch" Session

    Golden Gate 4&5, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    Advancing opportunities for young professionals in transportation
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  • Strengthening Public Transportation through Strategic Collaboration

    Plaza Room B, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    Build the relationships that will pay dividends
    company logo
     

    Session Sponsored by MV Transportation, Inc.
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4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
Join us for an hour with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Committee Meetings


8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Event

Imperial Ballroom, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
Please join your colleagues and guests at this year’s APTF event honoring Incoming APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall

 The event in the Hilton Union Square Hotel is from 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. The formal program begins at 9:15 p.m. Donations to the APTF are not required, but appreciated.



Tuesday, October 6

7 - 8 a.m.

Coffee Service

Grand Ballroom A, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

7 - 8 a.m.

Committee Meetings


8 - 9:15 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION: Integrated Mobility / Transformative Technology: Positioning Public Transportation in a World of Game-Changing Innovation

Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union
Note: Two breakout sessions on this topic are scheduled on Tuesday from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.

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General Session sponsored by Accenture
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8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • AdWheel Awards Exhibit

    Imperial Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    All 2015 entries are showcased. Visit the exhibit to see the best in public transportation marketing, advertising, and communications.

  • Conference Registration Desk

    Yosemite Room, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

  • Host Information Desk

    Yosemite Room, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Mason Room, 6th Floor, Hilton Union Square

  • TCRP Information Center

    Yosemite Foyer, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION: A Conversation with the FTA

Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
Join Acting Administrator Therese McMillan and representatives of the Federal Transit Administration for a Q&A session.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Alternate Project Delivery Methods

    Continental Ballroom 2, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Choosing, procuring, and managing alternate project delivery methods

  • Changing Dynamics in Building a Sustainable Workforce: Innovations and Best Practices

    Imperial Ballroom A, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Transit takes a front seat to breaking with traditional workforce approaches
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  • Integrated Mobility / Transformative Technology - Creating a GREAT Rider Experience

    Grand Ballroom A, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Real-time amenities and the new normal
    The first of two breakout sessions, following Tuesday morning's General Session. The second session is on Tuesday afternoon from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.

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    Session sponsored by Accenture
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  • Strategic Risk Reduction Techniques for Executive Management

    Plaza Room A, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    The FRA & FTA are on a regulatory path of requiring risk reduction programs with responsibility aimed squarely at the board of directors and executive team. Is your agency prepared? company logo
     

  • Transit Ballot Measures

    Plaza Room B, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    Strategies, tactics, and messages for successful campaigns
    company logo

     


12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

APTA AWARDS CEREMONY & LUNCHEON

Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
(tickets required)
All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to attend the APTA Awards Ceremony and luncheon to honor this year’s recipients.
 

Awards Luncheon co-sponsored by Genfare and APTA. Awards program book sponsored by Genfare
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2:30 - 6 p.m.

SFMTA and Regional Partners TECHNICAL TOURS

Yosemite Foyer, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

SFMTA and its regional partners have arranged numerous informative technical tours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please sign up on site for the tour(s) of your choice.
 


2:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Educational Sessions

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

    Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Honoring our APTF Scholarship recipients, learning from our Leadership APTA grads, welcoming the incoming class
    company logo

     

  • Focus on Operations Safety

    Imperial Ballroom A, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    How can organizational culture and proposed regulatory changes make a significant difference in reducing operator assaults, accidents, and injuries?

     Session sponsored by MV Transportation, Inc.

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  • Funding, Financing, and Partnering Strategies for Public Transportation

    Imperial Ballroom B, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Figuring out the possibilities for your region
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    Session sponsored by MV Transportation, Inc.
    logo for MV Transportation, Inc.
  • Integrated Mobility / Transformative Technology - Internal Use within Organizations

    Grand Ballroom A, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    The times are a-changing – FAST!
    The second of two breakout sessions, following Tuesday morning's General Session. The first session is on Tuesday morning from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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    Session sponsored by Accenture
    logo for Accenture
  • Local Hiring on Federal Contracts

    Continental Ballroom 2, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Assessing the impact: Are these sustainable benefits?

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Performance Based Planning & Programming

    Plaza Room A, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    An important link to transit asset management and state of good repair

  • Public Participation and Outreach

    Plaza Room B, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    Tactics for engaging your customers and community
    company logo

     


5 - 6 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: ADA25: Public Transportation - 25 Years of Access and Mobility

Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
Providing access to opportunities leading to freedom, choice, and independence for all

Americans with Disabilities logocompany logo

 

 

General Session sponsored by MV Transportation, Inc.

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ADA25 Celebration Sponsors

- HDR

- Transdev North America

- Trapeze Group






6 - 7 p.m.

Committee Meetings


6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

Leadership APTA Reception

Imperial Ballroom B, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

Wednesday, October 7

7:30 - 9 a.m.

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: Charting the Course through Demographic Change

Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
(tickets required)
Come explore the common sense, yet counter-intuitive and fascinating realm of demography. Enter the world of counting people with Ken Gronbach who will share his research on worldwide demographics, migration, aging, and immigration, and forecast societal, cultural, political, economic, and commercial phenomena.

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7:30 - 10 a.m.
  • AdWheel Awards Exhibit

    Imperial Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    All 2015 entries are showcased. Visit the exhibit to see the best in public transportation marketing, advertising, and communications.

  • Conference Registration Desk

    Yosemite Room, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

  • Host Information Desk

    Yosemite Room, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Mason Room, 6th Floor, Hilton Union Square

  • TCRP Information Center

    Yosemite Foyer, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • ADA25: Accessibility Innovations and ADA Regulatory Circular Update

    Continental Ballroom 1, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Sharing best practices for accessibility, and a regulatory update on the FTA’s New Americans with Disabilities Act Circular
    company logocompany logo

     


  • Clean Fuels and Clean Fleets

    Imperial Ballroom B, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Learn what it takes to integrate clean and alternative fuel technologies
    company logo

     

  • Demographic Trends and Public Transportation

    Plaza Room B, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    Understanding markets and service demands of our future
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  • Finding, Hiring & Nurturing the Very Best – Strategies, Stories, Successes

    Plaza Room A, Lobby Level, Hilton Union Square
    Champions of transit attract new workforce audiences
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  • First Mile-Last Mile – Creating a Complete Trip

    Imperial Ballroom A, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    Complete trip, complete streets, and how the transit customer wins
    Session sponsored by Accenture

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  • Measuring the Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investment

    Grand Ballroom A, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    What is your system’s economic impact? How does the local market impact your organization?
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  • Understanding Bid Protests and Contract Claims

    Continental Ballroom 2, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
    This is how business is done

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Public Transportation: A Pathway to Health

Grand Ballroom B, Grand Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
Improving the nexus between health care and transportation

12:30 - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings


1 - 6:30 p.m.

SFMTA and Regional Partners TECHNICAL TOURS

Yosemite Foyer, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square
SFMTA and its regional partners have arranged numerous informative technical tours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please sign up on site for the tour(s) of your choice.

>see SFMTA and Regional Partners Technical Tours for tour details

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

FTA WORKSHOP & LISTENING SESSION: State of Good Repair / Transit Asset Management NPRM

Imperial Ballroom A, Ballroom Level, Hilton Union Square

The workshop & listening session is available to all Annual Meeting registrants at no additional charge.

>see Program for workshop details and pre-registration information

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

FTA WORKSHOP & LISTENING SESSION: MAP-21 Capital Investment Grants Program

Continental Ballroom 5, Ballroom Level , Hilton Union Square

The workshop & listening session is available to all Annual Meeting registrants at no additional charge.

>see Program for workshop details and pre-registration information 
         
 





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