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Last updated: March 9, 2012

Saturday, March 10

Committee Meetings

8 – 9:30 a.m. Procurement Steering Committee
9 – 10 a.m. Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Diversity Council (open brainstorming session)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Transit Board Members Program Subcommittee
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Business Member Liaison and Outreach Committee
12 – 4 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
1 – 2:30 p.m. Business Member Business Development Committee
2:30 – 4 p.m. Business Member Programs Committee
4:30 – 6 p.m. Commuter and Intercity Rail Joint Legislative Subcommittee
4:30 – 6 p.m. Intergovernmental Issues Subcommittee
Sunday, March 11

Committee Meetings

7 – 8 a.m. Business Member Government Affairs Committee
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Small Operations Committee
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Mid-Size Operations Committee
8 – 9:30 a.m. Business Member Small Business Committee
8 – 9:30 a.m. Finance and Tax Legislative Subcommittee
8 – 10 a.m. High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Legislative Committee
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Financial Management Committee
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee
12 – 1 p.m. Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee
12  – 1:30 p.m. Public-Private Partnerships Committee
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee
12:30 – 2 p.m. Business Member Procurement Committee
1:30 – 3 p.m. Access Committee
1:30 – 3 p.m. Policy & Planning Committee
3 – 4:30 p.m. Business Member Board of Governors
3 – 4:30 p.m. Public Transportation and Universities Conference Steering Committee
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Human Resources Committee
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Transit Board Members Committee
3:30 – 5 p.m. State Affairs Committee
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Welcome to Washington, General Session

Hear the most up to date information on the DC political scene and get insight on the legislative agenda for the 112th Congress from renowned political commentator Major Garrett, Congressional Correspondent and Columnist for the National Journal. 


Session Sponsored by URS

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Over cocktails and light fare, join your colleagues for a reception and networking opportunity to kick off the conference.

Monday, March 12
7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

The "Insider" Perspective on the Transit Industry

Start your day off with a taste of politics at this sit-down breakfast briefing. Hear a prominent transportation insider address some of the key issues the industry will face as Congress confronts topics such as SAFETEA-LU extensions, appropriations, and the timing for an authorization bill.

Session sponsored by APTA business members

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Opening General Session: What’s Ahead for Transit – New Opportunities in 2012

The conference’s first general session will kick off with welcoming remarks from APTA’s leadership. Session participants will then hear a special keynote address from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

General Session: View from the Hill

Hear directly from key congressional staff on how the U.S. Senators and Representatives they work for are addressing issues facing public transportation and high-speed rail.

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch & Entertainment

(tickets required)

Be entertained at a luncheon featuring the satirical musings of The Capitol Steps, the famous musical troupe that puts the “mock” in democracy.


Session sponsored by Veolia

Veolia Transportation



1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Update from U.S. DOT

Listen to key modal administrators of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Important program updates and initiatives will be discussed.

Featured Speakers:


The Honorable Joseph C. Szabo, administrator, Federal Railroad Administration  


The Honorable Peter M. Rogoff, administrator, Federal Transit Administration

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

The Transit Coalition: Partners in Transportation Authorization

Join representatives of stakeholders in the authorization process as they discuss how their organizations are advocating for a long-term authorization bill. APTA is partnering with a broad spectrum of interest and membership groups in order to advance transit’s message. Plan to attend this session to learn how important partners are approaching the authorization process.

Stay tuned for more details on this session closer to the event.

       5:15 – 6:45 p.m. Member Services Committee
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Federal Procedures and Regulations Subcommittee
Tuesday, March 13
7:30 – 11 a.m.


7:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Morning General Session: Get Started With Members of Congress Breakfast

Start the most important day of the conference with a full breakfast and hear directly from Members of Congress on issues affecting public transportation and high-speed rail.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

NAPTA Meeting

The National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA) is a national organization representing grassroots transit groups that support increasing investment in public transportation. NAPTA is the grassroots voice for coalitions and individuals alike. To stay up-to-date on important issues facing public transportation, join us on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 for the first NAPTA meeting of the year.

11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Capitol Hill Visits

Reserve this time and make appointments to visit your Senators and Representatives to brief them about your system or business and advocate for continued growth in the federal investment in public transportation and high speed rail.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Closing Reception

Meet and greet lawmakers and their staffs as we close the conference with a Capitol Hill reception that provides one more chance to talk transit in a relaxed setting. As in previous years, APTA will join with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to hold a joint reception to conclude both organizations’ legislative conferences.

Wednesday, March 14
8 – 8:30 a.m.


8 – 10:30 a.m. COMTO Celebrates Women Who Move the Nation

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Registration: 8 a.m.
Workshop: 8:30 – 1 p.m.

What’s on the Horizon: New and Small Starts Workshop

Attend the workshop and hear the basics and the new changes in major capital investment programs (New and Small Starts), as well as the outlook on policy and program funding. The special workshop is targeted for board members, general managers, project sponsors, and others interested in the FTA’s discretionary program. The workshop features experts from the FTA. 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Capitol Hill Visits (Continued)

Reserve this time and make appointments to visit your Senators and Representatives to brief them about your system or business and advocate for continued growth in the federal investment in public transportation.

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