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Virginia Miller

 More Than 600 Public Transit Leaders Convene in Washington at APTA’s 40th Annual Legislative Conference


More than 600 public transportation leaders will convene in Washington, DC at the 2015 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Legislative Conference at the JW Marriott Hotel from March 9-10.  This conference directs the industry’s advocacy effort and legislative strategy to the U.S. Congress and Administration; offers sessions with key members of Congress, Hill staff, Administration officials, and Washington opinion makers.  A variety of topics will be discussed, including: insight on the legislative agenda for the 114th Congress; updates from USDOT, FTA, and FRA; and issues affecting public transit and intercity passenger rail. The public transit leaders will spend Tuesday and Wednesday on Capitol Hill lobbying their congressional representatives.

As part of this year’s Legislative Conference, APTA members will hear from U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx; Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator, Therese McMillan; Federal Railroad Administration Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg; Mayor John Giles (Mesa, AZ); Mayor Betsy Price (Fort Worth, TX); Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Senator Dean Heller (R-NV); and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

What: 2015 APTA Legislative Conference 
Where:  JW Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, DC 
When:  Monday, March 9 - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 
Events:  Some conference events are highlighted below 

*** Registration for the media is FREE! To pre-register, send an email to APTA Director-Media, Virginia Miller, at and she will send you the media registration form.  If you are registering onsite bring your media credentials.  The APTA Media Center will be located in the Justice Room at the JW Marriott. ***


Monday, March 9
7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Ballroom Level
Salons I & II


Breakfast: The “Insider” Perspective for the Transit Industry
Start your day off with a taste of politics at this sit-down breakfast briefing.

­-Patrick J. Scully,
member, APTA Executive Committee; chair, APTA Business Member Board of Governors; and executive vice president, sales & marketing, Motor Coach Industries, Des Plaines, IL

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



9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Ballroom Level
Salon III & IV

Opening General Session: 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.

-Phillip A. Washington, chair, APTA, and general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Sponsor Recognition:
-Joseph P. Hewes, vice president, business development, RouteMatch Software, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Remarks from APTA Chair:
Phillip A. Washington

President’s Welcome:

-Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA, Washington, DC

Featured Speaker:
-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



10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Ballroom Level
Salon III & IV

Mayor’s Transit Round Table
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.

Michael A. Allegra, member, APTA Executive Committee, and president/ceo, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT 

-Mayor John Giles
(Mesa, AZ)
-Mayor Betsy Price (Fort Worth, TX)



1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Ballroom Level
Salon III & IV

General Session: Update from the USDOT, FTA & FRA Administrators
A discussion with the USDOT Secretary and 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. 

Secretary’s Introduction:
-Phillip A. Washington, chair, APTA, and general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Keynote Speaker:
- Anthony Foxx, secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 

-Diana C. Mendes, AICP, member, APTA Board of Directors; vice chair, APTA Legislative Committee, immediate past chair, APTA Policy and Planning committee; and senior vice president, AECOM, Arlington, VA 

Featured Speakers:
-Sarah Feinberg, acting administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
-Therese McMillan, acting administrator, Federal transit Administration, Washington, DC



Tuesday, March 10
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Ballroom Level
Salon III & IV

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. 

-J. Barry Barker, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Legislative Committee; vice chair, AOTA Sustainability Committee; and executive director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY 

-Sherrod Brown (D-OH), U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
-Dean Heller (R-NV), U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
-Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC


For a complete conference schedule visit

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, 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.  More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.


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