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American Public Transportation Association

 Schedule At-A-Glance

The 2018 Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 23-26, 2018, at the Music City Center and Omni Nashville. Hosted by WeGo Public Transit (formerly the Nashville Metropolitan Transit 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.

Continuing Education

APTA is pleased to award credits for sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced transportation professionals for the following organizations:
 
• American Planning Association (APA)
• Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP)
• Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC)
 
See Continuing Education for more information and the list of the specific sessions/credit hours offered.
 

The Grand Ole Opry House and Ryman Auditorium
Discounted Tickets Available to Annual Meeting Registrants and Guests

A visit to Nashville is not complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry House and Ryman Auditorium! 
Click here​ to purchase discounted tickets to attend a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, be a part of a post-show backstage tour, and/or take a self-guided tour of the venues between Saturday, September 22 and Thursday, September 27.​

This program overview is preliminary and subject to change.​
Last Updated: Sept. 17 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Saturday, September 22

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

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

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

    Lanyards sponsored by Allison Transmission, Inc.

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    Conference bag sponsored by Parsons Corporation
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  • Host Information Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
12 - 5 p.m.

APTA Board of Directors with Business Meeting of the Membership at 12 - 12:15 p.m.

Broadway Ballroom AB, Level 2, Omni Hotel

(buffet lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)

Chair, APTA, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. 

12:45 - 3 p.m.

TECHNICAL TOUR: WeGo Public Transit in a Nutshell

(50 person limit)

Pre-registration is requested. Please see the program for tour and sign up information.

3 - 5 p.m.

FTA Triennial Review: Top-10 Findings Workshop

Cumberland 5-6, Level 3, Omni Hotel

FEE There is no additional fee to attend this training workshop.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Jeff Hiott at jhiott@apta.com or 202.496.4881.

Sunday, September 23

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Host Information Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    213, Level 2, Music City Center
6 - 8 p.m.

Welcome to Nashville Reception at Products & Services Showcase

Hall A, Level 3, Music City Center
(tickets required)

Reception sponsored by Nova Bus and Prevost

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8 - 11 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Fundraiser and Scholarship Reception

Location: Acme Feed and Seed, 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN

Event Sponsors:
AECOM, ALSTOM Transportation Incorporated, APTA Business Member Activity Fund, Balfour Beatty, Bombardier, Clever Devices Ltd., CRRC, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., era-contact USA, LLC, First Transit, Footprince, Fran Hooper Consulting LLC, Genfare, Gillig LLC, Greystone Management Solutions, HDR, HNTB Corporation, INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc., Legacy Resource Group, New Flyer of America and Motor Coach Industries, Nova Bus/Prevost, Parsons Corporation, Proterra Inc., RATP Dev, STV Incorporated, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., Transdev North America, WSP USA 

Monday, September 24

7 - 8 a.m.

Coffee Service

Grand Ballroom BC Foyer, Level 4, Music City Center
7 - 8 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Host Information Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    213, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Standards Program Information Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • TCRP Information Center

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
8 - 10 a.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center
**Make your way early to the opening general session to get your day started with the sounds of Nashville’s own Matt McAtee and the Eventuals.**
 
Keynote Speaker: Daymond Johncompany logo
Founder/CEO of FUBU, Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, Star of ABC's Shark Tank, and CEO of The Shark Group 
 
General Session sponsored by AECOM

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Keynote speaker sponsored by Business Member Activity Fund
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10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • COMTO/APTA Forum

    207-AB, Level 2, Music City Center
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
  • Envisioning the Workforce in the Mobility Landscape

    209, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Making the Transition to Electric Buses: CEO Panel

    207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center
    Session sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS
  • The Future Is Now: Innovative Mobility Practices

    202, Level 2, Music City Center
    Session is sponsored by American Seating
  • Transit and TNCs: Mobility Partnerships and Revenue Opportunities

    205, Level 2, Music City Center
    Seeking optimal community benefits
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

Hall A, Level 3, Music City Center
(tickets required)

 

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2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: FTA Update

Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center
(Off the Record)
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Federal Legislative Overview with U.S. Congress Staff

207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center
Important public transit and passenger rail legislative issues that will be debated in Congress during the year ahead
(Off the Record)
3:30 - 5 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • AdWheel Awards Ceremony

    Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center
  • Community Connections: Building Transit-Oriented Communities

    207-AB, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Moving Forward from APTA's "Future of Mobility Summit"

    205, Level 2, Music City Center
    From transit authority to mobility integrator
  • PTC: Progress on the Path of Safety

    202, Level 2, Music City Center
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Tuesday, September 25

7 - 8 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Service

Grand Ballroom BC Foyer, Level 4, Music City Center
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Host Information Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    213, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Standards Program Information Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • TCRP Information Center

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION: Leadership for Every Generation

Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center
***8 - 8:30 a.m. PRELUDE***
Tuesday morning kicks off with award winning singer songwriter JESSE LEE who will be sharing the inspiration of her hit songs and singing a few of her chart topping hits.

 

Keynote Speaker: Scott Zimmer, Generational Expert, BridgeWorks III LLC, Minneapolis, MN
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Employment Engagement: A CEO's Perspective

209, Level 2, Music City Center
Showcasing SEPTA’s programs designed to create more engaged, productive, and satisfied employees so your organization thrives.
Session sponsored by North Highland
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • FTA Final Safety Rules Listening Session

    207-AB, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Innovative Infrastructure Development and Implementation in Canada

    207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center
    Key findings and observations from APTA's 2018 Study Mission to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver
  • Strategic Planning for New Mobility

    202, Level 2, Music City Center
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
  • The Procurement Super Session!

    205, Level 2, Music City Center
  • The Transit Response to Homelessness

    204, Level 2, Music City Center
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

APTA AWARDS CEREMONY & LUNCHEON

Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center
(tickets required)

Lunch and awards program book sponsored by Genfare

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2 - 3:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Building a High-Impact Transit Board-CEO Governing Team

    204, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Curb Appeal: Complete Streets and Curb Management

    209, Level 2, Music City Center
    Essential components of mobility management
  • FRA Listening Session

    205, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Procuring Innovation in the Transit Industry PART 1: Challenges in Procuring NEED NOW Technology

    202, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Transit Ballot Measures: Positioning for Future Success

    207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center
    Educating the electorate one building block at a time
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
  • Transit's Response to Trespasser Strikes and Intentional Deaths - A Roundtable Discussion

    207-AB, Level 2, Music City Center
3 - 4 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Scholarship Awards: Celebrating 30 Years

Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center
Learn how the industry is helping to pave the way for tomorrow’s leaders by investing in today’s scholars and public transit professionals
4 - 5:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Advancing Transit Asset Management

    209, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Battery Electric Buses: Meeting the Infrastructure Challenge

    205, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Executive Presence Matters: How Do You Embody Diversity and Inclusion as a Leader?

    207-AB, Level 2, Music City Center
  • High Performance Intercity Rail Project Delivery

    207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center
    Business models leading to successful outcomes
  • Procuring Innovation in the Transit Industry PART 2: The Search for New Models for Procuring New Technologies

    202, Level 2, Music City Center
4:30 - 6 p.m.

Leadership APTA: Progressive Leaders, Extraordinary Thinkers

Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center
Celebrating the Class of 2018; Welcoming the Class of 2019
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Committee Meetings

6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

Leadership APTA Reception

201, Level 2, Music City Center
Reception sponsored by Atkins, Conduent and Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
7 - 8:30 p.m.

Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion Reception

Broadway Ballroom CD, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Reception sponsored by APTA Business Member Activity Fund 

Wednesday, September 26

7 - 10 a.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Host Information Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    213, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Standards Program Information Desk

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
  • TCRP Information Center

    Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
7:30 - 9 a.m.

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: Our Shared Future: The Role of Transit in an Evolving Mobility Landscape”

Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center
(tickets required)

Keynote Speaker: Robin Chase, Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities Initiative; Co-founder and Former CEO, Zipcar, Boston, MA

Breakfast sponsored by Proterra Inc.

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Co-presented with WTS
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9:30 - 11 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Anatomy of a Cyber Security Breach and the Vulnerabilities of Big Data

    209, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Future Proofing Transit – Advancing Climate Resiliency

    204, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Infrastructure Innovations from Planning to Funding to Delivery

    202, Level 2, Music City Center
  • Measuring Public Transportation's Value

    205, Level 2, Music City Center
    A holistic set of benefits beyond ridership
  • Safety Management Systems (SMS): Information, Approaches and Best Practices

    207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Discovering Transit’s Value Messages in Big Data

Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center
Data’s role in revealing transit’s value and strengthening transit’s case for funding

 
PRIZE DRAWING
Registrants attending the Closing General Session will be eligible to win a fantastic prize package, ahead of APTA's 2019 Annual Meeting in New York City. You must be present to win!
1 - 3 p.m.

Committee Meetings

1:30 - 4 p.m.
  • FTA Capital Projects Workshop

    202, Level 2, Music City Center

    FEE There is no additional fee to attend this training workshop.

    REGISTRATION Pre-registration is requested. Please check the appropriate box on the online Annual Meeting Registration Form to register for the workshop.

    QUESTIONS?  Contact APTA's Elizabeth Lovinggood at elovinggood@apta.com or 202.496.4878.

  • FTA Safety Management Systems (SMS) Training for Executives: Planning for SMS Implementation

    204, Level 2, Music City Center
    (100 person limit)

    This FTA-led session will cover the requirements of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Rule (C.F.R. Part 673) and support transit agency leadership to better understand their roles in the preparation phase of establishing and implementing a Safety Management System (SMS).

    FEE There is no additional fee to attend this training workshop.

    REGISTRATION Pre-registration is requested. Please check the appropriate box on the online Annual Meeting Registration Form to register for the workshop.

    QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Brian Alberts at balberts@apta.com or 202.496.4885; or Sherry Brown at sbrown@apta.com or 202.496.4879.
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