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 Media Advisory



Virginia Miller

 2015 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo To Be Held In Fort Worth, TX May 3-6, 2015


Public transportation industry experts from across the country will meet in Fort Worth, TX May 3-6, 2015, for the Bus & Paratransit Conference which will be held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.  Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and hosted by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, this conference will focus on policy and planning, maintenance, public transportation in today’s operating environment, technology, safety and security, procurement, bus rapid transit, and accessible transportation. A bus display and a bus and paratransit products and services showcase are also scheduled and are open to the media. (See below)

The 2015 International Bus Roadeo, which will be held on Sunday, May 3, at the Billy Bob’s Parking Lot from 8 a.m. - 5 p.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, the finals for the Customer Service Challenge will be held at Omni Fort Worth Hotel on Monday, May 4, at 2:00 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 5, at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel from 7-9:30 p.m.  A career job fair for military veterans will be held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel from 1 – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.  Prior to the job fair, free workshops on resume writing and interview tips will take place.   

What: International Bus Roadeo

What: 2015 Bus & Paratransit Conference

Where: Billy Bob’s Parking Lot

              201 Stockyards Blvd

Where:  Omni Fort Worth Hotel 

               1300 Houston Street


When:    May 3, 2015


Time:     8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

When:     May 3-6, 2015


*** Registration for the media is FREE!  If you register onsite bring your media credentials. ***

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

Sunday, May 3

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Second Floor

Texas E-F

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows


-Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Host Welcome:

-Paul J. Ballard, President/CEO, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX

-Hon. Betsy Price, Mayor, City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX


-Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Washington, DC

2015 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards Ceremony:

-Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO



Monday, May 4

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Second Floor

Fort Worth Ballroom 4

Complete Streets...Complete Trip
Transit trips involve more than the bus stop or bus itself, but encompass all of the movements from the travelers’ doorsteps to their destinations.  This session will offer strategies for implementing complete street policies and a complete trip approach, making public transit more attractive and productive.


8:30 – 10 a.m.

Second Floor

Texas E-F


HOST FORUM: Fort Worth - City of Cowboys and Culture

Join the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) for an informative and entertaining look at Fort Worth’s three premier tourist destinations: Sundance Square, the Historic Stockyards, and the Cultural District.  A panel of Fort Worth leaders with unique perspectives on all Fort Worth has to offer will discuss their respective areas and why Fort Worth is where the West begins.


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Second Floor

Texas E-F


The USDOT’s senior leadership team will talk about how the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation are preparing to meet the challenges of the next 30 years, dealing with aging infrastructure and growing demand, investing in workforce development and new technologies, and the FTA’s safety role.


11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fort Worth Convention Center

Commerce Street

Bus Display

Different types of transit buses will be on display outside of the Fort Worth Convention Center on Commerce Street, adjacent to the Convention Center.  Manufacturer representatives will be on hand to discuss their products and answer your questions.



2 – 3:30 p.m.

Second Floor

Texas E-F

Customer Service Challenge

Join us as the industry's best bus operators compete in a test of customer service sills at this entertaining event. Come see who walks away with the title of transit's 'top ambassador.'


2 – 3:30 p.m.

Third Floor

Sundance 1


ADA25: Using Accessible Paths of Travel to Leverage Infrastructure Investments

Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 (and even before that), transit agencies have invested millions of dollars in the building and maintenance of vehicles, stops and stations in order to make them accessible for customers with disabilities.  This session will focus on ways transit agencies and municipalities can work together to maximize the impact that accessible neighborhoods and communities can have on the usability of public transit for people with disabilities.


4 – 5:30 p.m.
Second Floor

Texas E-F

GENERAL SESSION: A Bus Journey Across the Western Hemisphere

This session promises to motivate and inspire every transit professional. Join National Geographic’s Andrew Evans on his 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C. to Antarctica – by bus. An inveterate story teller and fearless rider, Evans will stimulate your imagination, leaving you with a new appreciation of transit service from the rider’s perspective.


Tuesday, May 5

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Second Floor

Fort Worth Ballroom 4

Mobility Management

Mobility management involves partnerships, coordination of services, and adoption of a customer-focused approach to improve the reach, ease of use, and accessibility of the transportation network.  This session will share the latest mobility management approaches, implementation and funding strategies, and lessons learned to help transportation providers enhance service while realizing cost savings for themselves and their customers.


10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hall A

Fort Worth Convention Center

Bus Products & Services Showcase

Bus products and services will be showcased in the Fort Worth Convention Center. 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 and paratransit equipment and services.



1 – 4 p.m.

Third Floor

Sundance 4

Veterans Job Fair

Public transportation has the potential to enhance the quality of life for all Americans, and perhaps none more so than our veterans returning from overseas duties, those already separated and military spouses. This job fair highlights career paths for U.S. military veterans in public transportation – both private and public sector positions – including management, operations, maintenance, engineering, manufacturing, and technology.



1:30 – 3 p.m.

Third Floor

Sundance 1

Walk and Roll Wellness Event

After remarks, everyone is invited to partcipate in and celebrate the Walk and Roll Wellness Event – walking or using one’s wheelchair through Fort Worth – the City of Cowboys and Culture. Hosted by APTA, Easter Seals and The Fort Worth Transportation Authority, participants will unite in support of accessible transportation that benefits people with disabilities in our communities.



Wednesday, May 6

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Second Floor

Fort Worth 1-2


Planning Green Infrastructure & Sustainable Design

This session will include presentations from transit agencies and consultants that have successfully integrated sustainable design elements into transit projects and maintenance facilities. Sustainable design & green infrastructure elements can offer economic savings, environmental impact reductions, and socially beneficial green spaces making it a truly sustainable addition to any project. 



8 – 9:30 a.m.

Second Floor

Fort Worth 4

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: How Innovation is Changing The Next Infectious Disease Outbreak: Is Your Organization Ready?

Ebola, SARS, and avian flu have all captured headlines and impacted public transportation in recent years. No one can predict when the next infectious disease will occur, but public transit systems should always be prepared. This session will share best practices and lessons learned from public transportation agencies that have dealt with infectious disease outbreaks firsthand.



11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Second Floor

Texas E

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Linking Transit, Land Use & Development

Land use factors, especially accessibility and connectivity, are essential ingredients for transit-oriented communities (TOC) and are key to the long-term success of all public transit systems.  Hear perspectives from speakers discussing the spectrum of land use decisions that impact transit, review the preconditions for success, share lessons learned from successful transit agencies, and help you to develop strategies for more effective interaction “at the table."

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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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