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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

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

Last Updated: March 8

 

Saturday, March 17

Member Services Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Franklin Square, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Todd Horsley

Registration

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Independence Foyer, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Lanyards sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

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APTA Board of Directors

12 - 5 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

(lunch served at noon, meeting starts at 12:30 p.m.)

Chair, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.

Business Member Legislative AND Procurement Committees Joint Meeting

4 - 6 p.m.
Independence Ballroom FG, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chairs, Raymond J. Melleady & Natalie E. Cornell

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Independence Ballroom HI, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Co-Chairs, Samuel E. Smith & Karen J. Hedlund
 

Sunday, March 18

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Independence Ballroom HI, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Albrecht P. Engel, P.E.

Federal Procedures & Regulations AND Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittees Joint Meeting

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Independence Ballroom B-E, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chairs, Christopher P. Boylan & Ronald L. Epstein

Business Member Business Development Committee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Cabin John/Arlington, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Francis "Buddy" Coleman

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Bulfinch/Renwick, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Small Operations Committee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Independence Ballroom FG, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Andrew Johnson

Procurement Steering Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Wilson/Roosevelt, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Co-Chairs, Natalie E. Cornell & Andrew Johnson

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee

9 - 10 a.m.
Penn Quarter, Declaration Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Douglas Lecato

Registration

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Independence Foyer, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Business Member Programs Committee

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Cabin John/Arlington, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Tony Kellen

Legislative Committee

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Diana C. Mendes, AICP

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF)

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Independence Ballroom B-E, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cabin John/Arlington, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Michael J. Loehr, P.E.

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tiber Creek, Declaration Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Roberta Boomer

Business Member Small Business Committee

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cabin John/Arlington, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Jose R. Bustamante, P.E.

Diversity and Inclusion Council

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Bulfinch/Renwick, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Doran J. Barnes

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

12 - 2:30 p.m.
Independence Ballroom B-E, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Doug Allen

Advocacy Resource Center

12 - 5 p.m.
Latrobe, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Drop by APTA’s Advocacy Resource Center and pick up the latest industry talking points and information on the benefits of transit and the importance of the federal transit program. Feel free to share these resource items with Senators, Representatives and Capitol Hill staffers for their review on important issues raised by APTA members who run transit systems or operate businesses that provide goods or services to those systems.

Financial Management Committee

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Independence Ballroom FG, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Dee Brookshire, MBA, CGFM

BMBG Officers & Chairs AND Business Member Budget Committee

1 - 2:15 p.m.
Cabin John/Arlington, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Chairs, Jeffrey Wharton & Janet S. Rogers

State Affairs Committee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Wilson/Roosevelt, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Don Chartock

Access Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Independence Ballroom HI, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Ron L. Brooks

Innovative Funding, Finance and P3 Committee

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Independence Ballroom FG, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Sharon Greene

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Constitution Ballroom A, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Kevin J. Holzendorf

Business Member Board of Governors

2:45 - 5 p.m.
Independence Ballroom B-E, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

Transit Board Members Committee

3 - 4:45 p.m.
Constitution Ballroom A, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Carol Herrera

Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Independence Ballroom FG, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Kimberly Slaughter

Workforce Development Committee

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Independence Ballroom HI, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Paul J. Larrousse

GENERAL SESSION: Welcome to Washington

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Be sure to attend this session to get the latest information on the national political scene and how Congress and the Administration, as well as the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections, are shaping the legislative calendar. This year’s conference features two Washington Post reporters, Paul Kane, senior congressional correspondent and columnist, and Ashley Parker, White House reporter, who will share their insights on the interplay between the Administration and the 115th Congress.
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      Paul Kane       Ashley Parker
 
Session sponsored by AECOM

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Welcome
  • Paul J. Wiedefeld, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Sponsor Recognition
  • Carolyn Flowers, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee; Senior Vice President, Americas Transit Market Sector Leader, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Featured Speakers
  • Paul Kane, Senior Congressional Correspondent and Columnist, The Washington Post, Washington, DC
  • Ashley Parker, White House Reporter, The Washington Post, Washington, DC

Welcoming Reception

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Constitution Ballroom A, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

(tickets required)

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

 

Monday, March 19

Registration

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Independence Foyer, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

GENERAL BREAKFAST: The National Perspective on Infrastructure Investment

8 - 9:15 a.m.
Constitution Ballroom A, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Start the first full day of the conference with a sit-down breakfast to hear from Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania and Co-Chair of Building America’s Future. Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation for the Obama Administration, serves as the other Co-Chair of Building America's Future. As Governor, Rendell worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create an organization called “Building America’s Future.” The organization focuses on the need for a more significant investment in American infrastructure projects to ensure that America maintains its place as a global economic power. As Co-Chair of the organization, Governor Rendell travels throughout the country speaking about this issue.

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Edward Rendell

Sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund
Presiding Officer
  • Jeffrey Wharton, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; President, IMPulse NC LLC, Mount Olive, NC
Keynote Speaker
  • Hon. Edward G. Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania and Co-Chair, Building America's Future Educational Fund, Washington, DC

Advocacy Resource Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Latrobe, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Drop by APTA’s Advocacy Resource Center and pick up the latest industry talking points and information on the benefits of transit and the importance of the federal transit program. Feel free to share these resource items with Senators, Representatives and Capitol Hill staffers for their review on important issues raised by APTA members who run transit systems or operate businesses that provide goods or services to those systems.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: What’s Ahead for Transit - Update from the Department of Transportation

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Join us for the opening general session to hear from K. Jane Williams, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to learn more about public transportation priorities for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Presiding
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Featured Speaker
  • Hon. K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Remarks
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
President's Welcome
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

GENERAL SESSION: The Transit Coalition: Partners in Surface Transportation Advocacy

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Join APTA’s coalition partners in surface transportation advocacy for a discussion on how their organizations are working to achieve additional infrastructure investment in an infrastructure initiative and any successor legislation to the FAST Act. APTA has long-standing relationships with a broad spectrum of interest groups and trade associations with which we work closely to advance our common goals. Plan to attend this session to learn more about the importance of coalition building and the ways in which we have achieved shared success in working with these important partners.

Presiding
  • Leanne P. Redden, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Legislative Committee; Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
Panelists
  • Ed Mortimer, Executive Director, Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition, and Executive Director, Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC
  • Jim Tymon, Chief Operating Officer/Director of Policy and Management, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC
  • Sean O'Neill, Vice President, Congressional Relations and Infrastructure Advancement, Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, VA
  • Kevin McCarty, Assistant Executive Director, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC
  • Dean Franks, Senior Vice President, Congressional Relations, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Washington, DC

GENERAL LUNCHEON: The Capitol Steps

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Constitution Ballroom, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

(tickets required)

For more than 30 years the Capitol Steps have been putting the “mock” in democracy. No matter who or what is in the headlines, the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. Be entertained at a luncheon featuring the satirical musings of the famous musical troupe.
 
Lunch co-sponsored by Transdev North America and APTA

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Presiding
  • Kevin J. Holzendorf, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Transit Board Members Committee; Chair, Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; Vice Chairman, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Sponsor Recognition
  • Michael C. Murray, President & COO, Transdev North America, Lombard, IL

GENERAL SESSION: Update from the Federal Railroad Administration

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Join us for this panel discussion, led by Juan D. Reyes III, Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) with FRA staff members. The panel will review and discuss FRA priorities on the legislative and regulatory front in the year ahead. Panelists will discuss implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems on the nation’s commuter railroads, the Administration’s infrastructure initiative, and other FRA regulatory issues.

Presiding
  • Doug Allen, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Commuter Rail Committee; Chair, Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee; Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Alexandria, VA
Panelists
  • Juan D. Reyes, III, Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • Paul Nissenbaum, Associate Administrator for Railroad Policy and Development, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • Karl Alexy, Deputy Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

GENERAL SESSION: View from the Hill

3 - 5 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

With major infrastructure proposals and funding bills being debated on Capitol Hill, this session will feature three panels of key Congressional staff representing House and Senate committees responsible for public transportation authorizing, appropriations, and rail legislation. Each panel will discuss different perspectives of the legislative process as it affects public transportation and take your questions.

Moderator
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Legislative Committee; Mid-Atlantic Division President, HNTB Corporation, Arlington, VA
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AUTHORIZING PANEL
  • Jen Deci, Majority Professional Staff Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Homer Carlisle, Minority Professional Staff Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Nicole Christus, Majority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Auke Mahar-Piersma, Minority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
APPROPRIATIONS PANEL
  • Rajat Mathur, Majority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Nathan J. Robinson, Minority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
RAIL AUTHORIZATION PANEL
  • Chance Costello, Majority Research Assistant, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Devon Barnhart, Minority Transportation Counsel, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Dennis Wirtz, Majority Staff Director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Homendy, Democratic Staff Director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Mobility Management Committee

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Independence Ballroom BC, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Gary C. Thomas
 

Tuesday, March 20

Registration

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Independence Foyer, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

GENERAL SESSION: Get Started with Members of Congress Breakfast

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Start the most important day of the conference with a full breakfast and hearing from key members of Congress. They will share their perspectives on the recent budget deal that promises increased funding for infrastructure, the future of the Highway Trust Fund, and responses to the President’s budget and infrastructure proposal. Members of Congress from both parties representing key Congressional transportation authorization, appropriations, and finance committees will be participating.
 

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Presiding
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Featured Speakers
  • Hon. Jack Reed, (D-RI), Member, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Earl Blumenauer, (D-OR), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Peter DeFazio, (D-OR), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Rodney Davis, (R-IL), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Sam Graves, (R-MO), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Advocacy Resource Center

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Latrobe, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

Drop by APTA’s Advocacy Resource Center and pick up the latest industry talking points and information on the benefits of transit and the importance of the federal transit program. Feel free to share these resource items with Senators, Representatives and Capitol Hill staffers for their review on important issues raised by APTA members who run transit systems or operate businesses that provide goods or services to those systems.

Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee

10:30 - 12:30 a.m.
Bulfinch/Renwick, Constitution Level, Grand Hyatt Washington
Chair, Doran J. Barnes

Capitol Hill Visits

11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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.

National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA)

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Independence Ballroom BC, Independence Level, Grand Hyatt Washington

The National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA) is the national organization representing grassroots transit coalitions that support increasing investment in public transportation. Join the NAPTA meeting to discuss how grassroots coalitions can mobilize their stakeholders in support of transit as well as the many tools that NAPTA provides such as the APTA Local Coalition Grants to support these efforts. Grassroots coalitions, state association leaders, policymakers, transit operators and all those interested are encouraged to attend.

Facilitator
  • Chris Sandvig, Director of Policy, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Pittsburgh, PA

Capitol Hill Reception

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Rayburn House Office Building Cafeteria
 
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.
 
Farecards sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.
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DIRECTIONS TO THE RECEPTION
Take Metrorail to the Capitol South Metro Station (Orange/Blue/Silver lines). Metrorail provides easy access to the Rayburn House Office Building. Metro SmarTrip® cards and instructions are provided in your packet of conference materials.
 
 

Wednesday, March 21

Capitol Hill Visits continued

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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.
 

Thursday, March 22

COMTO Awards Ceremony Breakfast: Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation

8 - 11 a.m.

Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
(tickets required; on-site registration opens at 7:15 a.m.)

The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is pleased to host our 7th Annual Awards Breakfast, Celebrating Women Who Move The Nation. In observance of Women’s History Month, we have inducted over 60 women into this signature class of leaders in the transportation industry. We are excited to celebrate women who are leading and advancing America’s transportation infrastructure and invite you to join us. We encourage you to take part in this momentous affair. This again will be one of the industry’s signature events of the year.

PURCHASE TICKETS: https://comto.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1041833
Note: There will be no ticket sales on site.

QUESTIONS? Contact JaLissa Coffee at jcoffee@comto.org or 202.506.6510 
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