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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

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

Last Updated: Feb. 12

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Saturday, March 16

Membership Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Todd Horsley

Business Member Legislative AND Procurement Committees

9 - 11 a.m.
Chairs, Raymond J. Melleady & Natalie E. Cornell

Registration

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 Lanyards sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.
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Farecards sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.

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APTA Board of Directors

12:30 - 5 p.m.
Chair, APTA, David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA

(buffet lunch served at 12 p.m.)

 

Sunday, March 17

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

7:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Albrecht P. Engel, P.E.

Small Operations Committee

8 - 9 a.m.
Chair, Allan Pollock

Business Member Business Development Committee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Chair, Francis "Buddy" Coleman

Procurement Steering Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Co-Chairs, Jack Martinson & John O. Adler, CPPO

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee

9 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Douglas Lecato

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

9 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Bacarra Sanderson Mauldin

Registration

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

APTA Strategic Plan Listening Session

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Business Member Programs Committee

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Chair, Tony Kellen

Transit Board Members Administrators Subcommittee

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Chair, Roberta Boomer

Federal Procedures & Regulations AND Funding, Financing & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittees

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Chairs, Christopher P. Boylan & Ronald L. Epstein

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Chair, Michael J. Loehr, P.E.

Transit Board Members Committee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Carol Herrera

Mobility Management Committee

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Chair, Jameson T. Auten

Workforce Development Committee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr.

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Karen J. Hedlund & Sam Smith

Business Member Small Business Committee

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chair, Jose R. Bustamante, P.E.

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

12 - 1 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Marlene B. Connor & Stephen E. Schlickman, JD

Financial Management Committee

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Dee Brookshire, MBA, CGFM

Advocacy Resource Center

12 - 5 p.m.

Diversity and Inclusion Council

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

12:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Chair, Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E.

Access Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Chair, Ron L. Brooks

Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG)

1 - 3 p.m.
Chair, Huelon A. Harrison

Innovative Funding, Finance and P3 Committee

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Chair, Sharon Greene

State Affairs Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Chair, Don Chartock

Legislative Committee

3:30 - 6 p.m.
Chair, Diana C. Mendes, AICP

Welcoming Reception

6 - 7:30 p.m.

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

Monday, March 18

Registration

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Advocacy Resource Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

BREAKFAST: Politics and Policy: A Pulitzer Prize Winner's Look at Washington, DC

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

(breakfast served at 8 a.m.)
Start the first full day of the conference with a sit-down breakfast to hear from legendary journalist Bob Woodward. Bob Woodward gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein uncovered the Watergate scandal in 1973. Since then, Watergate’s theme of secret government has driven Woodward’s tough but fair and non-partisan reporting. He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of Washington; revealing in meticulous detail what’s really going on in the halls of power. Have the lessons of Watergate been forgotten? Is the media doing its job? Woodward offers an historical perspective as only he can. Woodward has written about the last nine U.S. presidents and chronicled how the power of the presidency has evolved. He is author of 19 best-selling books— 13 were #1—more than any contemporary nonfiction writer. His latest bestseller, Fear: Trump in the White House, is the deepest dive ever made into the first months of any American president. Currently, Associate Editor of The Washington Post, where he’s worked since 1971, Bob Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award including two Pulitzers.
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Keynote Speaker 
Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Author, and Associate Editor, The Washington Post 
 
Speaker sponsored by AECOM
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Breakfast sponsored by APTA Business Members Activity Fund  
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Sponsor Recognition
  • Gregory R. Yates, P.E., Senior Vice President / Americas Transit Market Sector Leader, AECOM, Boston, MA
Keynote Speaker
  • Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Author, and Associate Editor, The Washington Post, Washington, DC

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: The Year Ahead in Transit--Update from the Federal Transit Administration

10 - 11:15 a.m.

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Featured Speaker
  • Hon. K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

GENERAL SESSION

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

LUNCHEON: An Afternoon with the Capitol Steps

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

(tickets required)

More than 30 years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, Make America Grin Again. No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy?!  
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Capitol Steps sponsored by Transdev North America

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Presiding
  • Speaker to be announced
Sponsor Recognition
  • Michael H. Setzer, President, Transit Business Unit, Transdev North America, Garden City, NY

GENERAL SESSION: The Year Ahead in Transportation--Update from the U.S. Department of Transportation

2 - 2:45 p.m.

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Featured Speaker
  • Hon. Derek Kan, Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

GENERAL SESSION: Public Transportation Funding, the Infrastructure Initiative, and FAST Act Reauthorization

3 - 5 p.m.

(This session is off the record and not for attribution.)

With both Congress and the Administration developing significant infrastructure initiatives, this session features a discussion of the major infrastructure proposals and funding bills being debated on Capitol Hill. It will feature the key Congressional staff representing House and Senate committees responsible for public transportation funding, formulas, and policies.
 
AUTHORIZATION 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
  • Auke Mahar-Piersma, Majority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Cheryle Tucker, Minority Senior Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC (invited)
APPROPRIATIONS PANEL
  • Clare Doherty, Majority Clerk, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Dabney Hegg, Minority Clerk, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Sarah Puro, Majority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Doug Disrud, Minority Clerk, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Chair, Kimberly Slaughter
 

Tuesday, March 19

Registration

7:30 - 9 a.m.

Advocacy Resource Center

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

BREAKFAST: Coalition Partners in Surface Transportation Advocacy

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

(breakfast served at 8 a.m.)


Moderator
  • to be announced
Panelists
  • Jim Tymon, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC
  • Additional speakers to be announced

GENERAL SESSION: Public Transportation Advocacy

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

EXPO Advisory Committee

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Chair, Ann Derby, CTSM

Capitol Hill Visits

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

National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA)

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Whether you are a grassroots organizer or simply enjoy taking transit, join the National Alliance for Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA) to learn how transit advocacy groups craft strong messages to advance their agenda. Participants at the meeting will also learn how coalitions create and maintain an active list of advocates, what resources—like APTA Local Coalition Grants—are available and other tools that NAPTA provides to increase investment in transit.

FTA Major Capital Projects Workshop

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Federal Transit Administration will lead this interactive workshop to provide updates and seek industry feedback on matters affecting major transit capital projects and programs. Key representatives of the FTA’s Office of Planning and Environment and the Office of Program Management will conduct the workshop. 

There is no additional fee to attend this training workshop. Please email APTA’s Elizabeth Lovinggood at elovinggood@apta.com to register.

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. 
 
 

Wednesday, March 20

COMTO Awards Breakfast: Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation

8 - 11 a.m.

(tickets required; on-site registration opens at 7:15 a.m.)


Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008
 
The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is pleased to host our 8th Annual Awards Breakfast, Celebrating Women Who Move The Nation. In observance of Women’s History Month, we have inducted over 75 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://www.comtonational.org/page/womenwhomove 

Note: There will be no ticket sales on site.

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

 
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