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 General Information for Attendees

APTA Registration Desk

Admission to all scheduled activities requires a name badge. Please register and pick up your badge upon arrival. The registration desk, located in 
Georgia Room II, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, is open the following times:
Saturday, September 10      10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 11          8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, September 12         7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, September 13        8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14   7:30 - 10 a.m.
Conference bags sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  
Conference lanyards sponsored by AECOM 
Hotel keys sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

Accessible Transportation Information

Airport Transportation Information 

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF)

The APTF is a 501c (3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the education and professional development of young professionals pursuing careers in public transportation.
The APTF is hosting the following three events during the Annual Meeting:
  • Love to golf? Participate in the APTF’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 3 (shotgun start 7 a.m.) at the DeBell Golf Club, 1500 E. Walnut Avenue, Burbank, CA 91501.  >visit for more information & to register your foursome(s)
  • Participate in the APTF Fundraising Reception on Monday, September 12, 8 to 11 p.m., at The Conga Room at L.A. LIVE (800 W. Olympic Blvd.) to celebrate APTA Incoming Chair Doran Barnes' milestone birthday. >visit for more information
  • Attend the special program honoring the 2016 APTF Scholarship Awards recipients on Tuesday, September 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. 

APTA Standards Program Information Desk 

Standards development has become an important program activity at APTA and in the public transportation industry. Hundreds of industry volunteers serving on numerous working committees have developed standards for bus, rail transit, and commuter rail operations, maintenance, procurement, and ITS. These consensus-based standards are now being used to achieve operational efficiencies and safety improvements in services, facilities, and vehicles across the industry.
To learn more about the Standards Program and/or to get involved, stop by the APTA Standards Program Information Desk Monday through Wednesday in the Platinum Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE.
You may also visit APTA's website at for additional information.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

Complimentary Transit Pass

When you register for the conference and visit the host information desk in Georgia Room II, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, you’ll receive a complimentary LA Metro transit pass good during the conference.

Conference Headquarters Hotel

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
900 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015  

Conference Name Badges

Name badges are required for all educational sessions, committee meetings, meal functions, receptions, and technical tours. Please cooperate by wearing your badge at all times during the Annual Meeting.

Continuing Education Credentialing

APTA is awarding credits for sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced transportation professionals for the following organizations.

American Planning Association (APA)
Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC)

  • see Continuing Education for more information and the list of the specific sessions/credit hours offered at the 2016 Annual Meeting

Dress Code

The organizing committee encourages a business dress code at all events. 

Early Career Program

APTA welcomes the members of the Early Career Program (ECP) Class of 2016 to the Annual Meeting. The class met prior to this conference for their capstone session, which included workshops, briefings, a site visit, and round-table discussions. ECP’s year-long program also included a ten-month mentorship program, online briefings, and assignments. Class members will conclude the year with graduation on Monday, September 12, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. in the Platinum Ballroom Salon C, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. Please join us in congratulating the inaugural members of APTA’s Early Career Program Class of 2016.

Future Annual Meeting Dates & Locations

2017 Annual Meeting & EXPO    2018 Annual Meeting 
October 8-11                                  September 23-26
Atlanta, GA                                     Nashville, TN  

Host Information Desk

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will have a general information desk in the APTA registration area, Georgia Room II,
3rd Floor
, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, from Saturday, September 10 through Wednesday, September 14. Host staff will be available to answer questions you may have regarding local sites, restaurants, social and cultural activities, and to provide transportation information and maps. Be sure to stop by and pick up your complimentary regional transit pass, good during the conference. The host information desk will be open the same hours as the APTA registration desk.

Leadership APTA

Welcome the Leadership APTA Class of 2016 who will be honored at a special program featuring their leadership project presentations and graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, September 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. We also welcome the incoming Class of 2017 who will be recognized at the Tuesday afternoon program. And, plan to attend the Leadership APTA reception scheduled on Tuesday, September 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gold Ballroom Salon 4, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE.

New APTA Members

Please welcome APTA’s newest members who are easily identified by the red ‘New Member’ ribbon on their badges.

Social Networking

Stay connected to attendees and access up-to-the-minute information at the Annual Meeting through social media.
  • Connect with us on Facebook at 
  • Follow us on Twitter @APTA_info 
  • Tweet along with us using the hashtag #APTAannual16

Speakers & Moderators

Studio 1, 2nd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE will be available Sunday, September 11 through Wednesday, September 14. Moderators are encouraged to use this room to meet informally with their speakers to go over last-minute details prior to the start of their sessions, and to preview their PowerPoint presentations. The room is open the same times as the APTA registration desk.

Student Involvement & Registration

Encouraging student involvement is an important goal for APTA’s conferences and meetings. APTA’s workforce development initiatives have embraced the need to prepare the next generation of leaders within the public transportation industry. Faculty and students at local colleges and universities are invited to attend and are encouraged to participate in the conference programming.
Student registration is free and includes admission to:
  • educational sessions
  • Public Transportation "Pitch" Session for young professionals (Tuesday, Sept. 13, 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.)
  • Products & Services Showcase
  • technical tours 
To be eligible, the student must:
  • be currently enrolled in a college or university
  • complete the Conference Registration Form
  • present his or her current student ID when registering on site

TCRP Information Center 

For more information on the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), stop by the TCRP Information Center Monday through Wednesday in the
Platinum Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. You may also visit the TCRP website at    
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