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Public Transportation Leaders To Convene In Los Angeles

Public Transportation Leaders To Convene In Los Angeles

2016-08-31T00:00:00-04:00August 31, 2016|

 Media Advisory

 8/31/2016

Contact:

Virginia Miller
202-496-4816
vmiller@apta.com

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will hold its Annual Meeting September 12 – 14, 2016 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.  Hosted by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority, this premier industry event will attract more than 1,400 public transportation leaders from across North America.   
The 2016 APTA Annual Meeting will include sessions that focus on a number of topics affecting the public transportation industry including: safety and security, federal legislation, technology, sustainability, high-speed rail, diversity and inclusion, and public-private partnerships. 
A media press call on transit ballot initiatives will be held on Monday, September 12 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. PDT. This year on November 8, nearly $200 billion in public transit referendums will be held.  In Los Angeles, if Measure M is passed, $120 billion for public transit and highway projects will be available. In Seattle, $54 billion for public transportation is at stake; in Atlanta, $2.5 billion for public transit is up for a vote.  Reporters are welcome to come in person or listen by phone.  Representatives of public transportation agencies from Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, San Jose, and Columbus, OH will discuss their local ballot initiatives. Contact Virginia Miller at vmiller@apta.com, if you are interested in attending in person or by phone.
Additionally, a product showcase with more than 120 exhibitors will take place on Monday, September 12, from 11:30 a.m.–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 www.apta.com.
News media are invited to attend the conference at no charge. On-site media registration is available at the conference registration desk at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE in Georgia 2, 3rd floor, Tower side. Please contact Virginia Miller at vmiller@apta.com if you plan to attend.  
Below are some of the conference highlights.

MONDAY, SEPT. 12
8:00 – 9 a.m.
Diamond Ballroom
4th Floor
Ballroom Side


OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

Public transportation builds communities and regions, supports economic development, creates jobs, improves the quality of life, moves us toward energy independence, and contributes to overall health and environmental sustainability. Learn more about APTA’s initiatives and strategic plan, as well as host Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s work. Together, let’s congratulate APTA’s new and outgoing officers. 

Welcome and Remarks:
-Richard A. White,
Acting President & CEO, APTA, Washington, DC

Host Welcomes:
-Phillip A. Washington, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
-John Fasana, Chair, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA 

Remarks:
-Valarie J. McCall, Chair, APTA; Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
-Doran J. Barnes, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity Council; Chair, Access Services; and Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

 

 

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Platinum Ballroom Salon D
2nd Floor
Ballroom Side

Smart Cities: Reimagining Transportation
Come hear from the transit CEO representing the winner of USDOT’s Smart City Challenge, the DOT commissioner in America’s largest city, and other leaders as they discuss integrating intelligent technologies to manage assets, improve quality of life, and create new urban transportation that generates jobs, improves neighborhoods, and creates a greener life for everyone.

 

 

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Platinum Ballroom Salons A&B
2nd Floor
Ballroom Side

Challenges of 21st Century Transit Policing
Transit police are partnering with local law enforcement to protect our citizens both on and around transit property as a security force multiplier for special events, marches and incidents. This session emphasizes the need for executive leadership to continually support security & policing efforts within their agency as the threat environment rapidly changes. It will also identify federal security support and programs that transit agencies can utilize to bolster their security program.

 

 

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hall K
Exhibit Hall
Los Angeles Convention Center

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.

 

 

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Plaza Room

 

 

 

Press Conference on Transit Ballot Initiatives Nationwide
This year on November 8, nearly $200 billion in public transit referendums will be held.  In Los Angeles, if Measure M is passed, $120 billion for public transit and highway projects will be available. In Seattle, $54 billion for public transportation is at stake; in Atlanta, $2.5 billion for public transit is up for a vote.  Reporters are welcome to come in person or listen by phone.  For more details, contact Virginia Miller at vmiller@apta.com. 

Moderators:
-Doran Barnes, APTA Vice Chair; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
-Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, APTA, Washington, DC 

Panelists:
-Jeannie Bruins, Los Altos Mayor and Vice Chairperson, Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors, San Jose, CA
-Phillip A. Washington, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
-Peter M. Rogoff, Chief Executive Officer, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
-Keith T. Parker, AICP, General Manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
-W. Curtis Stitt, President/Chief Executive Officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH

 

 

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Ballroom
4th Floor
Ballroom Side

GENERAL SESSION: A Conversation with the FTA Leadership
This will be a dynamic, interactive session with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) senior leadership team who will take questions. 

 

 

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Gold Ballroom Salon 2
1st Floor
Ballroom Side

State of Good Repair, Transit Asset Management – Prioritize for Quality Service
In 2013, the FTA estimated that more than 40 percent of buses and 25 percent of rail transit assets were in marginal or poor condition. Estimates from the National State of Good Repair Assessment identified an $86 billion backlog in deferred maintenance and replacement needs, a backlog that continues to grow.  Hear from speakers as they discuss the challenges associated with bringing systems into a state of good repair and meeting recently released federal requirements.

 

 

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Platinum Ballroom Salon D
2nd Floor
Ballroom Side

Transforming Lives and Communities: The Power of Transportation Investment
Leaders from public transit agencies, labor, business, philanthropy, and  community-based organizations will share their perspectives and “real-world” experience on how transportation investment can be a catalyst for growth, access and transformation for the 21st century and beyond. 

Moderator:
-Dr. Beverly A. Scott, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates(People and Communities Matter), Albany, CA

Panelists:
-Stephanie J. Jones, Senior Counselor to the Secretary and Chief Opportunities Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
-Phillip A. Washington, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
-Dorval R. Carter, Jr., President, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
-Patrick J. Scully, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Motor Coach Industries, Des Plaines, IL
-Edward Wytkind, President, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO , Washington, DC

 

 

TUESDAY, SEPT. 13
9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Platinum Ballroom Salon D
2nd Floor
Ballroom Side

Mega Projects Worldwide
The projects highlighted in this session will help transform their communities, bolster regional economies, and serve future generations. Speakers will describe the scope of these projects, identify their goals, provide updates on project status, describe how project issues have been addressed, and discuss how the projects are financed.

 

 

3:00 – 5 p.m.
Plaza Room
3rd Floor
Tower Side

Creating Communities through Station Design & TOD Round Table
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) efforts are increasingly expected to deliver affordable housing, support community and economic development, and grow ridership. A key component of a successful transit-oriented development is how well a transit station is integrated within the surrounding community. Speakers will explore how transit-oriented developments transform communities while maintaining equity, as well as how the transit station itself provides a foundation for growth and facilitates development.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14
7:30 – 9 a.m.
Diamond Ballroom
4th Floor
Ballroom Side

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: “Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom”
Join this breakfast session to hear women whose compelling leadership stories are featured in this Boots on the Ground book authored by Grace Crunican, General Manager of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, and Liz Levin. Witness their perseverance, preparation, and choices. Learn from their journeys and professional careers. These stories have staying power for everyone. (NOTE: Media are welcome to attend for free but must purchase a ticket if eating breakfast.)

 

 

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Gold Ballroom Salon 2
1st Floor
Ballroom Side

Strategies for Integrated Mobility Management
From coast to coast, today’s riders expect public transit agencies to deliver a more convenient and personal travel experience. Doing so requires operators to cultivate a broader view of partners, and embrace their role as a provider of customer-focused outcomes in addition to a bus or a train trip.  Join this session to hear panelists identify ways to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of transit through partnerships with new mobility services that improve access to transit for all riders.

 

 

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Plaza Room
3rd Floor
Tower Side

FTA’s Federal Safety Update
This briefing is intended for audiences interested in learning more about FTA’s progress implementing its 21st Century Public Transit Safety Program.

 

 

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Diamond Gallroom
4th Floor
Ballroom Side

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Transformational Leadership
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 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. 

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