Leadership APTA participants are sponsored by their APTA member employers. The sponsoring organization provides the monetary resources and allows the time required for their candidates to participate in the related events and activities critical to their success in the Leadership APTA program.


The tuition fee for the Leadership APTA Class of 2025 is $7,500.

The tuition fee also includes:

  • Workshop materials, some meals, and related expenses during the required Leadership APTA Workshop sessions (early December  2024; sessions at the May 2025 Legislative Conference; June Capstone Session at the 2025 Rail Conference, and October 2025 APTA TRANSform Conference)
  • Registration for the 2024 APTA TRANSform Conference , 2025 APTA Legislative Conference, June 2025 Rail Conference, 2025 APTA TRANSform Conference.

Sponsoring organizations are responsible for the following costs:

  • The tuition fee.
  • Travel costs to and from the Leadership APTA workshops, Legislative Conference, and APTA TRANSform Conferences.
  • Hotel expenses, some meals, and related miscellaneous expenses.

Participating agencies and organizations should plan for participants to attend the following planned in-person program-related events:

  • 2024 early December Leadership APTA workshop
  • May  2025 Legislative Conference and Leadership APTA workshops held in conjunction with the conference
  • June 2025 Capstone session held in conjunction with the APTA 2025 Rail Conference
  • August virtual deliveries of their Capstone Projects
  • 2025  APTA TRANSform Conference
  • We strongly encourage the Class of 2025 members to attend the 2024 APTA TRANSform Conference and related Leadership APTA sessions.

Special Note: in addition to the above planned in-person sessions and events, the program also will include a number of virtual sessions scheduled during the course of the program.

Estimated Travel:

The following is provided to help organizations plan for hotel and related costs associated with the Leadership APTA sessions and related events:

  • early December 2024  Session (Washington, DC): Three to four hotel nights, two travel days, for three planned in-person days.
  • May 2025  Legislative Conference (Washington, DC): Four to five hotel nights, two travel days, and four planned in-person days for the conference and related Leadership APTA workshops.
  • June 2025 Capstone Session (San Francisco, CA)  Three to four hotel nights, two travel days, for three planned in-person days in conjunction with the 2025 APTA Rail Conference.
  • 2024 APTA TRANSform Conference (Anaheim, CA) 2025 APTA TRANSform Conference (Boston, MA): A minimum of three to four  hotel nights and two travel days each conference. Full attendance at both TRANSform Conferences could involve a total of eight to ten hotel nights.
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