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Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Last updated: March 5, 2014

Saturday, March 8

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Lanyards sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

APTA Board of Directors
(lunch to be served at 11:30 a.m.)

  • Chair, Peter Varga
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee

  • Chair, Beth Vidaurri
3:30 - 5 p.m.

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee

  • Chair, Douglas Lecato 
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Federal Procedures & Regulations Legislative Subcommittee

  • Chair, Christopher P. Boylan
4:30 - 6 p.m.

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee

  • Co-Chairs, Stanley G. Feinsod & Joseph J. Giulietti
4:30 - 6 p.m.

Business Member Government Affairs Committee

  • Chair, Cliff Henke
Sunday, March 9

7:30 - 9 a.m.

Business Member Business Development Committee

  • Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittee

  • Chair, Ronald L. Epstein
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Small Operations Committee

  • Chair, Ronald J. Kilcoyne
8 - 10 a.m.

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee 

  • Chair, Daniel B. Kutrosky
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Transit Board Members Program Subcommittee

  • Chair, Dr. Valarie J. McCall
8:30 - 10 a.m.

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

  • Chair, Marlene B. Connor
9 - 10:30 a.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

  • Chair, Huelon A. Harrison
9 - 10:30 a.m.

Business Member Programs Committee

  • Chair, John P. Bartosiewicz

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Lanyards sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Legislative Committee 

  • Chair, Jeffrey A. Nelson
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Business Member Small Business Committee

  • Chair, Huelon A. Harrison
12 - 2 p.m.

Financial Management Committee

  • Chair, Terry Matsumoto
12 - 5 p.m. Advocacy Resource Center
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

  • Chair, Matthew O. Tucker
1 - 2 p.m. Getting America to Work
1 - 2:30 p.m.

Business Member Procurement Committee

  • Chair, Patrick J. Scully
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Older Adult Access Subcommittee

  • Co-Chairs, Rosemary B. Gerty & Bonnie Hitch
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Mobility Management Committee

  • Chair, Marlene B. Connor
1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

  • Chair, Randall D. Chrisman
3 - 4:45 p.m.

Transit Board Members Committee

  • Chair, Frederick L. Daniels Jr.
3 - 5 p.m.

Business Member Board of Governors

  • Chair, Angela Iannuzziello
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Access Committee

  • Chair, Lauren Skiver
3:30 - 5 p.m.

State Affairs Committee

  • Chair, Steven A. Billings
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Human Resources Committee

  • Chair, Lydia C. Grose
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 113th Congress from Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and columnist for the National Journal.          


Session sponsored by URS Corporation.

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 10
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Lanyards sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

The “Insider” Perspective for the Transit Industry

Start your day off with a taste of politics at this sit-down breakfast briefing.

Featured Speaker:

The Honorable John Sullivan, former Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, (R-OK); partner, SBL Strategies, LLC; and board member, America’s Infrastructure Alliance, Washington, DC

Session sponsored by APTA Business Members.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Advocacy Resource Center
9 - 10:15 a.m.

What’s Ahead for Transit – Update from USDOT Secretary

The conference's opening general session will kick off with welcoming remarks from APTA's leadership, Chair Peter Varga and President & CEO Michael Melaniphy.  Session participants will hear a special keynote address from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  Thereafter, Secretary Foxx will take questions from the audience.

General Session sponsored by RouteMatch Software, Inc.

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 intercity passenger rail. 


  • Devon Barnhart, majority professional staff member, Subcommittee on Senate Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Andrew Brady, majority professional staff member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Homer Carlisle, majority professional staff member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Mike Friedberg, majority staff director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Rachel Johnson, minority professional staff member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Helena Zyblikewycz, minority professional staff member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
12 - 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.


Lunch sponsored by Veolia Transportation.


1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Priorities for the Next Transportation Authorization Bill:  A State and Local Perspective

State and local elected officials are leading the charge to build and enhance their regional transit systems as strong, innovative partners with the federal government. Hear directly from state and local representatives who have led local transit initiatives and hear their thoughts on how a new transportation authorization bill can provide new opportunities through funding and by reshaping programs. There will be a Q&A session so be prepared with your thoughts and questions for the panel.


  • The Honorable Robert Bauman, alderman, Milwaukee Common Council, District 4, Milwaukee, WI
  • The Honorable William Euille, mayor, City of Alexandria, and board of directors, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Alexandria, VA
  • The Honorable Steve Farley, Arizona State Senate, Tucson, AZ
  • The Honorable Hans Riemer, Member, County Council, Montgomery County, At Large, Rockville, MD



 Hon. Robert Bauman                      Hon. William Euille 




  Hon. Steve Farley                   Hon. Hans Riemer


It’s All About Advocacy: How to Engage our Stakeholders

Join us to hear the latest on how to best engage with the general public and stakeholders to promote the value of public transportation at the local, state and national levels and advance the case for federal authorization funding.  APTA’s outreach initiative as well as digital advocacy and social media outreach will be highlighted. 


  • Aaron Guiterman, vice president, Democracy Data & Communications Advocacy, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Kalczuk, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Marketing and Communications Committee; and director of external affairs, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid),
    Grand Rapids, MI
  • Michael Marinaccio, digital director, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Marnie Primmer, chair, National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates, and executive director, Mobility 21, Irvine, CA
  • Josh Stewart, consultant, American Infrastructure Alliance, Washington, DC

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.  


A discussion with key modal administrators from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Important program updates and initiatives will be discussed, along with discussion of the Administration’s views on rail and transit legislation pending before Congress.

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

The Honorable Therese McMillan, deputy administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC



Hon. Joseph Szabo                    Hon. Therese McMillan      

5 – 6 p.m.

Annual Meeting Planning Subcommittee

  • Co-chairs, Gwen Johnson and Thomas C. Lambert
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Policy & Planning Committee

  • Chair, David Vozzolo
5 – 6:30 p.m. 

Procurement Steering Committee

  • Co-Chairs, Jeanne Krieg and Patrick J. Scully
5:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Member Services Committee

  • Chair, Richard G. Shiffer
Tuesday, March 11
7:30 - 11 a.m.


Lanyards sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

8 - 10:30 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Advocacy Resource Center
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

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 intercity passenger rail.

Featured Speakers:

  • The Honorable Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC



       Hon. Earl Blumenauer                  Hon. Bill Shuster

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

EXPO Advisory Committee

  • Chair, Jeffrey Wharton
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA)
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.  The reception will be held in the banquet rooms of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Metrorail provides easy access to the Rayburn House Office Building.  Metro farecards and instructions are provided in your packet of conference materials.

Farecards sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

Wednesday, March 12
8 - 8:30 a.m.


8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

MAP-21 Capital Investment Grants (Section 5309)  Program Workshop and Listening Session
Key Federal Transit Administration staff will discuss rating projects under the new MAP-21 evaluation process  as described in the New and Small Starts Evaluation and Rating Process Final Rule and the August,2013) Final Guidance. In addition, FTA will engage participants in a listening session during which FTA will seek the industry’s thoughts about MAP-21 Section 5309 provisions that are subject to upcoming interim policy guidance and future rulemaking:

• New and Small Start steps in the process
• New and Small Starts congestion relief measure
• Core capacity
• Program of interrelated projects
• Pilot program for expedited project delivery
• Process for an expedited technical capacity review

The workshop and listening session is open to all APTA Legislative Conference attendees. However, registration is required. Please contact APTA’s Rich Weaver at if you have questions.

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.

Farecards sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

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