The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will hold its Annual Meeting September 24-26, 2018 at the Nashville Music City Center.  Hosted by WeGo Public Transit (formerly the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority), this premier industry event will attract more than 1,400 public transportation leaders from across North America.

The 2018 APTA Annual Meeting will include sessions that focus on several topics affecting the public transportation industry including: new and evolving mobility options, safety and security, federal legislation, technology, and diversity and inclusion.Additionally, a product showcase with more than 100 exhibitors will take place on Monday, September 24, from 11:30 a.m.–2 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.

**News media are invited to attend the conference at no charge. Pre-registration is open until September 14, and after September 14 registration can be done on-site. Please contact Virginia Miller at if you plan to attend. **

Below are some of the conference highlights.



8:00 – 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom B&C
Level 4



OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows
The public transportation landscape is changing rapidly as transit agencies and businesses must maintain—even increase—current levels of service and customer satisfaction. This Opening Session will address the association’s initiatives to support the industry as it adapts to the dual challenges of preparing for tomorrow while delivering high-quality service for the present-day.

These remarks will be followed by a thought-provoking keynote address from Daymond John, founder and CEO, FUBU and star of ABC’s Shark Tank. John will discuss his own career path–the wins and the losses, the importance of developing an entrepreneurial spirit, and the value of innovation as a strategy for success.

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hall A
Level 3

Products & Services Showcase
Come visit the latest 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.


2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom B&C
Level 4

Attend this Generalsession to learn from K. Jane Williams, FTA Acting Administrator aboutFTA’s initiatives and priorities on a set of wide-ranging initiatives,​including safety, technology/innovation, infrastructure investments, andmobility management, among other topics.​


3:30 – 5 p.m.
Room 202
Level 2

Positive Train Control: Progress on the Path of Safety
Passenger railroads remain committed to implementing a Congressional mandate calledPositive​ Train Control. Representatives from two railroads and the FRA will share their experiences with designing, installing, testing, and other hurdles they have faced along the way. They will also discuss some of the challenges yet to be addressed as the deadline for implementation approaches. One railroad had to design its new section to include PTC and the other is a large commuter railroad in the Northeast.


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom B&C
Level 4

GENERAL SESSION: Leadership for Every Generation
Multiple, distinct generations are now occupying the workplace, working shoulder to shoulder but not always seeing eye to eye. Workplace roles, responsibilities, and rules are being rewritten as organizations become more resilient and more adaptive.

This session will address the obstacles and opportunities within each generation in today’s workplace to better understand the potential impact everyone can make as a leader.

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 207 CD
Level 2

Transit Ballot Measures: Positioning for Future Success
Public transportation continues to be a popular issue with the public, reflected by the more than 72% success rate of transit ballot measures over the past two decades. Each transit election brings new lessons on the public education campaigns that inform the electorate of the economic, social, and community benefits that come with investments in public transportation. Learn ways to counter misinformation campaigns of transit critics. Our panel will provide fresh insight into the dynamics of transit elections.

7:30 – 9 a.m.
Grand Ballroom B&C
Level 4

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: Our Shared Future: The Role of Transit in an Evolving Mobility Landscape
The public transportation industry is facing challenging questions and unprecedented opportunity, both of which are being driven by shifting stakeholder expectations, rapidly changing technology, a shared economy, safety and security, sustainability and resiliency, just to name a few of the trends currently disrupting the industry.

This General Session will explore some of these trends with one of transportation’s most prominent—and successful–“disruptors,” Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar. Chase will also discuss one of her newest initiatives, Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, which offers a set of guidelines for transportation decision-makers and stakeholders for determining a safe, efficient, and sustainable mobility landscape.
(NOTE: Media are welcome to attend for free but must purchase a ticket if eating breakfast.)


11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom B&C
Level 4


CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Discovering Transit’s Value Messages in Big Data
This session will feature senior executives focusing on new, forward thinking and the dynamics of leading large and small organizations to grow and streamline. Hear these master communicators discuss excellence in performance. Learn where they are taking their organizations next – and how.


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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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