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

Last updated: March 4, 2015


10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Lanyards sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.


11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

APTA Board of Directors

  • Chair, Phillip A. Washington
1:30 - 3 p.m.    Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee
3:30 - 5 p.m.    Transit Board Members Program Planning Subcommittee
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.   Federal Procedures and Regulations Legislative Subcommittee
4:30 - 6 p.m.    Commuter and Intercity Rail Joint Legislative Subcommittee
4:30 - 6 p.m.   Business Member Government Affairs Committee
8 - 9 a.m.    Business Member Business Development Committee 
8 - 9:30 a.m.    Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittee 
8 - 9:30 a.m.    Small Operations Committee
8 - 10 a.m.    High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee 
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.  Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee 
8:30 - 10 a.m.   Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee
9 - 10 a.m.   Business Member Programs Committee
9 - 10 a.m. Procurement Steering Committee 

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


9:30 - 11 a.m. American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors
10 - 11 a.m. Business Member Workforce Development Committee
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Legislative Committee

  • Chair, J. Barry Barker 
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Business Member Small Business Committee
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee (Access Committee)
12 - 5 p.m. Advocacy Resource Center
12:30 - 2 p.m. Financial Management Committee
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.    Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee
1 – 2:30 p.m.   Getting America to Work 
1 – 2:30 p.m.    Business Member Procurement Committee
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.   Regulatory Activities Subcommittee (Access Committee)
1:30 – 3 p.m.     Mobility Management Committee
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.   Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee 
2 – 3 p.m.    Public-Private Partnerships Committee
3 – 4:45 p.m.     Transit Board Members Committee
3 – 5 p.m.    Business Member Board of Governors
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.  Access Committee 
3:30 – 5 p.m.    State Affairs Committee 
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.    Human Resources 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 114th Congress from Candy Crowley, CNN’s award-winning, former chief political correspondent and anchor of the Sunday morning talk show State of the Union with Candy Crowley, a political hour of interviews and analysis of the week’s most important issues.


The Honorable Muriel Bowser, mayor, Washington, DC

Featured Speaker:

Candy Crowley

General Session sponsored by AECOM

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.

7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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.

Roger Dow
, president and chief executive officer, United States Travel Association, Washington, DC

Session sponsored by APTA Business Members.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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


Making the Case for a Surface Transportation Authorization in 2015

The conference’s opening general session will kick off with welcoming remarks from APTA’s leadership, Chair Phillip Washington and President & CEO Michael Melaniphy, who will speak
to the state of the public transportation industry and its advocacy for a long-term surface transportation authorization bill. Key partners in the fight to pass a bill will also speak to the challenges ahead and their efforts to make the case to Congress.

Remarks from APTA Chair:


Chair, Phillip A. Washington

President's Welcome:

President & CEO, APTA, Michael P. Melaniphy

Featured Speakers:

Janet F. Kavinoky, executive director, Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Vice President, Americans for Transportation Mobility, Washington, DC


Dr. T. Peter Ruane, president and ceo, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Washington, DC

Session sponsored by RouteMatch Software, Inc.

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Mayors' Transit Round Table  

Mayors across the country recognize the impact that efficient, extensive public transportation systems have on the economic vitality of their cities and metropolitan regions. Transit connects people to jobs, education institutions, and medical providers. Transit also moves tourists to and from local attractions and reduces traffic and parking congestion when people take transit to sporting events, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Many cities have established formal partnerships with their local public transportation systems where cities provide operating and capital funding and regular input on service planning. During this roundtable you will hear Mayors describe the importance of their transit systems on their local economies, how critical it is to have the federal government as a funding partner, and why it is imperative that Congress quickly passes a well-funded surface transportation bill to fund the federal transit program



The Honorable John Giles, Mayor, Mesa, AZ


The Honorable Betsy Price, Mayor, Fort Worth, TX

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch & Entertainment

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

Capitol Steps sponsored by Transdev North America


1:45 - 3:30 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: Update from U.S. DOT Secretary and a conversation with the FTA and FRA Administrators

This general session will open with a special keynote address from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Thereafter, Secretary Foxx will take questions from the

The session will then close 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.

Keynote Speaker:

The Honorable Anthony Foxx, secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Featured Speakers:

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

The Honorable Sarah Feinberg, acting administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC                                                        

3:45 - 5 p.m.  

GENERAL SESSION: View from the Hill

Hear directly from key congressional staff from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.


Allison Cullin, majority professional staff member, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Shannon Hines, senior professional staff member, Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Caryn Moore Lund, majority professional staff member, Subcommittee on House Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Auke Mahar-Piershma, minority professional staff member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Fred Miller, majority counsel, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

5 - 6:30 p.m.     Policy & Planning Committee 
5:15 - 7:15 p.m. Member Services Committee
7:30 - 11 a.m.


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 Sherrod Brown, (D-OH), member, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

The Honorable Dean Heller, (R-NV), member, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-DC), member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

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.

11:30 a.m.-  1 p.m.    National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA)
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 cafeteria of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Fare Cards sponsored by Parsons Corporation


8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

(tickets required)

COMTO Awards Ceremony Breakfast:
Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation

Join the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) in honoring pioneering women who are advancing America’s transportation industry. This awards ceremony breakfast recognizes select women whose efforts have advanced our industry, which also helps COMTO realize its mission.

Prior to March 11, tickets may be purchased via COMTO’s website, On March 11, tickets may be purchased on site at the COMTO registration desk on a first-come, first serves basis.

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

MAP 21 Capital Investment Grants (Section 5309) Program Workshop

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 discuss questions regarding performance planning and environmental provisions as they relate to project development. Finally, FTA staff 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 registrants. However, registration is required.

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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