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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.

This program overview is preliminary and subject to change.​

Last Updated: August 16 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Saturday, September 22   Sunday, September 23   Monday, September 24   Tuesday, September 25   Wednesday, September 26   

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. 

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
8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • 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., First Transit, Footprince, Fran Hooper Consulting LLC, Genfare, Gillig LLC, Greystone Management Solutions, 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, Levey 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
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
  • 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
  • The Future Is Now: Innovative Mobility Practices

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

    205, Level 2, Music City Center
    From transit authority to mobility integrator
  • PTC: Nearing a Deadline

    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, Levey 4, Music City Center
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Conference Registration Desk

Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • 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

Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Employment Engagement: CEO Perspective

209, Level 2, Music City Center
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

    204, 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
  • The Procurement Super Session!

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

    207-CD, 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 co-sponsored by Genfare and APTA. Awards 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
  • 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 - 7:15p.m.

Leadership APTA Reception

201, Level 2, Music City Center
7 - 8:30 p.m.

Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion Reception

Broadway Ballroom CD, Level 2, Omni Hotel
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

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

Breakfast sponsored by Proterra Inc.

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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
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 Transit Executives

    208, Level 2, Music City Center
    (50 person limit)

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

    REGISTRATION Pre-registration is closed as attendance has reached capacity.

    QUESTIONS and/or TO BE WAIT LISTED 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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