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Virginia Miller
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 2012 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo To Be Held In Long Beach, CA May 6-9, 2012


Public transportation industry experts from across the country will meet in Long Beach, CA May 6-9, 2012 for the Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo which will be held at held at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.  Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and hosted by Long Beach Transit, this conference will focus on all aspects of the bus and paratransit industry, including: policy and planning, operations and maintenance, public transportation in today’s operating environment, technology, safety and security, and special issues on accessible transportation.  A bus display and a bus and paratransit products and services showcase are also scheduled and are open to the media.

The 2012 International Bus Roadeo, which will be held on Sunday, May 6, at the Arena Parking Lot from 8-11:30 a.m., highlights the best bus operators and bus maintenance teams in North America.  Local bus roadeo competitions are held in North America to select the competitors in this prestigious competition.  Additionally, on Monday, May 7, the finals for the Customer Service Challenge will be held at the Convention Center starting at 2:15 p.m. The winners for both the International Bus Roadeo and the Customer Service Challenge will be announced at an awards dinner on Tuesday, May 8, at the Convention Center 7-9:30 p.m.

What:  International Bus Roadeo    What:  2012 Bus & Paratransit Conference 
Where: Long Beach Convention & Enternainment Center
Parking Lot
  Where: Long Bech Convention Center &
Entertainment Center
300 East Ocean Boulevard 300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA Long Beach, CA
When: May 6, 2012   When: May 6-9, 2012
Time: 8-11:30 a.m.      

Press: Media registration for the 2012 Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo is FREE but registration is required.  To pre-register, go to and when filling out the registration form, cross out the registration fees, write in media and send in via fax.  Pre-registration ends on May 1, 2012.  Onsite registration is available at the APTA conference registration desk at the Convention Center starting May 6.

Events: Some conference events are highlighted below.  For a complete listing of sessions, visit:

Sunday, May 6

4:30-6:00 p.m.
Ballroom A

Opening General Session – Public Transportation Takes Us There
President & CEO Welcome:
-Michael P. Melaniphy,
president & CEO, APTA
Convention Center Presiding:
- Gary C. Thomas,
chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
-Laurence W. Jackson,
president and Chief Executive Officer, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA
-Barbara Sullivan George, chair, board of directors, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA
-Honorable Alan Lowenthal, senator, 27th district, State of California, Sacramento, CA

Presentation of the 2012 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards

-Hon. Therese W. McMillan,
deputy administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Monday, May 7 

9:45-11:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

General Session – Wired: How Your Customers Have Changed and What To Do About It
 -Angela Iannuzziello,
1st vice chair, APTA Business Member Board of Governors; vice chair, APTA Mobility Management Committee; and vice president, transit and transportation planning, GENIVAR, Markham, ON
Keynote Speaker:
-John R. Patterson
The Internet has tipped the balance of power and forever changed the way customers and organizations interact.  Service success takes rethinking the strategies and tactics to ones that change today’s “customer as king” into tomorrow’s “customer as partner.”  Find out how you can create loyal customers.  

11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Bus Display
Convention Center Parkint Lot  Buses will be on display and manufacturer representatives will be on hand to Arena Parking  discuss their products and answer your questions. 

2:15-3:45 p.m.  Emergency Preparedness: “Who Turned Off the Lights?”
As a result of inclement weather, natural disasters, and security concerns of the past few years, transit system, their suppliers, and other entities have come to understand the urgency of preparedness in the advent of a catastrophic event. Examine the protective measures, best practices and lessons learned from agencies that were prepared for the worst. 

2:15-3:45 p.m. Green Goals & Initiatives
Transit agencies are initiating new strategies and initiatives to decrease costs and increase performance of their fleets and facilities. Hear presentations on how green initiatives are helping to reduce costs and add value to transit agencies and the communities they serve.

4-5:30 p.m. Fare Collection in the Real World
Mobile ticketing and electronic payment schemes are entering the mainstream in bus and paratransit systems. Methods that permit riders to easily download applications to purchase tickets on their mobile phone are explored as are methods to address the nagging proof of payment problem. Various methods, including QR scan codes, readable image, and near field communication, are compared in real applications worldwide.

Tuesday, May 8 

8:15-9:30 a.m.   Integrating Livability & Sustainability into Transportation Systems Management & Operations
Transportation agencies, and transit agencies in particular, continue to support community goals of accessibility, mobility and economic vitality. In the past several years, there has been a rise in interest in having sustainability and livability goals guide the decision making investments.  Hear about these and other activities and strategies that maximize existing and planned infrastructure to support systems management and operations.

8:15-9:30 a.m.   Taking the Bus to the Future
Interested in visiting the future for a while? Attend this session to discover how bus manufacturers, operators, and enthusiasts recommend smarter, more innovative, and efficient bus systems for future riders. Panelists will discuss best vehicle technologies, practices, and standardizations conducive to providing top-notch bus experiences in the U.S.

9:45-11:00 a.m.   Host Forum – “Lights, Camera, Long Beach!”
Long Beach is a filming mecca for Southern California — movies, television, commercials, and more. See film clips from programs such as CSI Miami; and engage with a film location manager as he discusses how his crew works with Long Beach Transit to successfully capture scenes while minimizing disruption to our transit service in the community.

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Bus Products & Services Showcase
Hall B
Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the bus products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of bus equipment and services.

2:15-3:45 p.m. Walk and Roll Wellness Event     
Room 202 B/C 
All conference and bus roadeo registrants and guests are invited     to participate in the third annual “Walk and Roll” wellness event hosted by APTA, the Easter Seals Project Action, and Long Beach Transit. Join us as we take a healthy walk and stroll through beautiful downtown Long Beach and unite for the accessible transportation needs to benefit people with disabilities within our communities.

2:15-3:45 p.m. Capitalizing on the New of Increasing Gas Prices
Around the country, high gas prices are helping to push more people to leave their cars at home and crowd onto public transportation. Many transit officials look at high gas prices as a great opportunity to change people's attitudes about public transportation. This session will focus on both the good and the bad when it comes to communicating the message of transit and high gas prices.

4-5:30 p.m. Mobile Technologies
Mobile devices, mobile technologies, and applications are advancing rapidly on our space. It looks easy when it is on your device in the field but there are many challenging aspects to be addressed to make it look easy. The panel will investigate mobile technologies with experienced deployers and look at the challenges they face.

Wednesday May 9 

8-9:30 a.m.  Transit Apps
The use of smartphones by riders has exploded.  This session will share lessons learned from agencies who are leading the way with digital technology and enhancing the way for their mobile phone-equipped riders. Come and discover how transit apps for your system can improve customer satisfaction, reduce rider wait time, and increase ridership.

9:45-11:15 a.m. Current Issues & Challenges in Bus Transit Security
We must be diligent in providing a safe, secure environment for our customers and employees. As we all face budget dilemmas, what is reasonable for security investments? Are security enclosures for operators practical? What technologies can provide a return on investment…and what security strategies work?

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Closing General Session – New Business Models for the Transit Industry
Is this the time for our industry to change business models? Go from good to great, from an essential to a driving force? Attend this session to participate in a compelling discussion on how the industry is making change and gaining new perspectives on existing challenges. Hear from industry leaders who have been exceptionally resourceful in creating new partnerships and new business models leading to more funding, less costs, better streamlining of business, and more customers.

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.



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