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Virginia Miller

 Public Transportation Leaders To Convene In San Francisco

 More than 1,400 public transportation leaders attending APTA Annual Meeting

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will hold its Annual Meeting October 5-7, 2015 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.  Hosted by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, this premier industry event will attract more than 1,400 public transportation leaders from across North America.   
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will address the attendees during an hour-long general session on Monday, October 5 from 4:30–5:30 p.m. Therese McMillan, the acting administrator for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and representatives of the FTA will have a Q&A session on October 6 from 9:3010:30 a.m. that will cover topics impacting the industry including regulations, safety management systems, and new guidance.

The 2015 APTA Annual Meeting will include sessions that focus on a number of topics affecting the public transportation industry including:  federal legislation, high-speed rail, sustainability, workforce development, technology, safety and security and public-private partnerships.  With the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015, attendees will celebrate the accomplishments and project forward for the next 25 years.

Additionally, a product showcase with more than 100 exhibitors will take place on Monday, October 5, from 12–2:30 p.m.  Media will be able to meet industry suppliers and learn about the latest innovations in public transit products.  Listed below are some highlighted session topics; to view a complete schedule visit​.

News media are invited to attend the conference at no charge but early registration is encouraged.  Please contact Virginia Miller at for early registration.  On-site media registration is available at the conference registration desk at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square in Yosemite AB, Ballroom level.



8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Level
Grand Ballroom B


OPENING GENERAL SESSION: State of the Industry & Association
Join this session to learn more about APTA’s national initiatives and host San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s work. 

Welcome and Remarks:

Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Host Welcomes:

-Tom Nolan, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chairman, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

-Edward D. Reiskin, Director of Transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA 

Chair’s Remarks:

Phillip A. Washington, 2014-2015 Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA 

Incoming Chair's Remarks:

Valarie J. McCall, 2015-2016 Chair, APTA; Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH



8:45 – 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Level
Grand Ballroom B

GENERAL SESSION: America’s Transportation Future
Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s latest book, "MOVE: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead," is a sweeping look across industries and technologies shaping the future of mobility and the leadership required for transformation. Her strategic and practical insights guide leaders of large and small organizations worldwide, through her teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments.



12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Ballroom Level
Continental Ballroom

Products & Services Showcase
Public transportation industry products and services will be showcased.  Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of public transportation equipment and services.



2:30 – 4 p.m.
Ballroom Level
Imperial Ballroom

Beyond Green: Sustainability in Practice
Green initiatives provide benefits that extend beyond environmental stewardship, including those that touch the social and economic realms. Hear from the speakers about initiatives and projects that benefit agencies and communities around the country in ways that extend beyond environmental stewardship.




8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Level
Grand Ballroom B

GENERAL SESSION: Integrated Mobility / Transformative Technology: Positioning Public Transportation in a World of Game-Changing Innovation
Not since the invention of the automobile has technology brought on such prospects for change. The rise of multiple technology-driven mobility services has presented the traveling public a new array of mobility choices.  Access and mobility are fundamental to the economic and social freedom of Americans. How can the evolving new frontiers in mobility and public transportation assure that the public is served with efficient, equitable, and convenient travel choices? 



9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Level
Grand Ballroom B

GENERAL SESSION: A Conversation with the FTA
Join Acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan and representatives of the Federal Transit Administration for a Q&A session on new guidance,regulations, safety management systems, and other topics impacting our industry.



10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Level
Grand Ballroom A

Integrated Mobility / Transformative Technology - Creating a GREAT Rider Experience
Technology is ushering in a wide range of new customer service opportunities. Real-time travel information, Wi-Fi, mobility apps, and integrated ticketing are among things new generations of transit riders are coming to expect. Learn about these new trends.



2:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Focus on Operations Safety

Ballroom Level
Imperial Ballroom A

How can organizational culture and proposed regulatory changes make a significant difference in reducing operator assaults, accidents, and injuries?  Attend this three-part session on FTA’s safety NPRMs, operator assault prevention and safety culture.  The presentations will draw on effective transit and non-transit safety culture systems and highlight in more detail a Bay Area system’s accident reduction program.



5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Level
Grand Ballroom B

GENERAL SESSION: ADA25: Public Transportation - Celebrating 25 Years of Access and Mobility
This session highlights the impact of the ADA on the lives of Americans with Disabilities, from people who wrote and advocated for the passage of the law; public transportation’s role to expand and strengthen access to opportunity for everyone; and how collectively, we must continue to fully advance and build the strongest partnerships between the industry and disability communities.



7:30 – 9 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Level
Grand Ballroom B


WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: Charting the Course through Demographic Change
Come explore the common sense, yet counter-intuitive and fascinating realm of demography. Enter the world of counting people with Ken Gronbach who will share his research on worldwide demographics, migration, aging, and immigration, and forecast societal, cultural, political, economic, and commercial phenomena.


9:30 – 11 a.m.
Ballroom Level
Continental Ballroom 1


Accessibility Innovations and ADA Regulatory Circular Update
The session includes an update from the Federal Transit Administration on the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Circular and best practices from transit agencies and businesses designed to enhance services for all public transit riders, including people with disabilities.

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Ballroom Level
Imperial Ballroom B

Clean Fuels and Clean Fleets
From coast to coast, America's transit agencies are getting on-board with the idea of clean and alternative fuel vehicles including zero and low emission vehicles. With the numerous benefits that come from reduced tailpipe emissions and quieter fleets, it is easy to understand why.



11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Level
Grand Ballroom B

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Public Transportation – A Pathway to Health
Communities across the country are implementing new, innovative strategies to improve mobility options in accessing health care. Learn more about the Federal Transit Administration’s new Rides to Wellness Initiative.

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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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