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 General Information for Attendees

Accessible Transportation

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) operates accessible rail and bus service as well as paratransit.

Airport Transportation

DFW is serviced by Trinity Railway Express. Love Field is serviced by DART bus/rail.

Business Members

APTA’s Business Members are hosting a networking and resource room in Cockrell Room, Atrium Level in the Hyatt Regency during the conference for conversation and connections. In addition, a Business Member Networking Breakfast will be held on Monday, June 4.

Cell Phones

As a courtesy to other attendees, please turn off cell phones and other personal mobile devices during committee meetings and business sessions.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

Continuing Education

APTA plans to offer AICP CM credits for sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced planning officials.

Dallas Information

When you register for the conference, you’ll receive a complimentary transit pass good for all DART services during the conference. There are plenty of fun things to see and do in and around Dallas. Visit the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau website for some ideas.

Dress Code

The organizing committee encourages a business casual dress code at ALL events.

Future Meeting Dates

The next Rail Conference will be held on June 2-5, 2013, in Philadelphia, PA.

Host Information Desk

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has an information desk in the APTA registration area, Trinity A, Lobby Level in the Hyatt Regency Dallas. DART staff will answer questions you may have regarding local sites, restaurants, social and cultural activities, and provide transportation information and maps. The host information desk is open the same hours as the APTA registration desk.

Name Badges

Name badges are required for all business sessions, committee meetings, meal functions, receptions, and technical tours. Please cooperate by wearing your badge at all times during the conference.

Conference badge lanyards compliments of BRS Labs.

New APTA Members

Please welcome APTA’s newest members who are easily identified by the red ‘New Member’ ribbon on their badges. A list of new members attending this conference is available on the website.

Registration Desk

Admission to all scheduled activities requires a name badge. Please register and pick up your badge upon arrival. The registration desk, located in Trinity A, Lobby Level in the Hyatt Regency Dallas, is open the following times:

Saturday, June 2 1 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 3 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday, June 4 7 a.m. – 4 a.m.
Tuesday, June 5 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Registrants’ tote bags compliments of Trapeze Group.

Social Networking

Stay connected to attendees and access up-to-the-minute information at the Rail Conference through social media.

Speakers & Moderators

Baker Room, Atrium Level in the Hyatt Regency Dallas has been reserved daily, from Sunday through Wednesday, for moderators to meet informally with their speakers to go over last-minute details prior to the start of their sessions. In addition, Moderator/Speaker Guidelines and APTA's PowerPoint template are available from the link below.

Student Involvement

Encouraging student involvement is an important goal for APTA's conferences and meetings. Currently enrolled students can register free for this conference, which includes admission to educational/technical sessions, the International Rail Rodeo, and technical tours. In addition, two sessions are specifically directed to students: Interactive Presentations and Student Ambassador Forum.

TCRP Information Center

For more information on the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), stop by the TCRP Information Center, located in the Landmark Circle, Lobby Level in the Hyatt Regency Dallas from Monday through Wednesday. You may also visit the TCRP website at

Technical Papers

Each paid registrant will receive online access to the conference technical papers as part of the conference registration fee. This added benefit, available after the conference, affords registrants universal access to some of the most important technical research advancing the industry presented at the conference.

Transit Pass

When you register for the conference, you’ll receive a complimentary transit pass good for all DART services during the conference.

Visit DART's Discover Dallas page for more information on DART

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