March 15, 2010
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Register Early for Bus Conference
Spring is just around the corner and so is the 2010 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference & International Bus Roadeo, May 2-5 in Cleveland, OH. Early bird registration ends March 19, so make plans now to participate in a program featuring numerous speakers and events geared towards those in the bus and paratransit industry.
In keeping with APTA’s theme of “Telling Our Story,” the keynote speaker, Marc Buoniconti, will share his story during the conference. Buoniconti was a 19-year-old football player at the Citadel when he received a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down; since then he earned a degree in psychology from the University of Miami and has raised more than $200 million for spinal research through the Miami Fund.
The schedule also recognizes the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with sessions including “Celebrating and Looking Beyond the 20th Anniversary of the ADA” and the National Transit Institute/Federal Transit Administration International Forum on Innovative Practices on Global Accessibility; sessions on pandemic risk management and driver distraction; technical tours; and other educational opportunities.
This year also features the opportunity to take advantage of two notable sessions—“Emergency Preparedness & Management...An ‘All Hazards’ Approach” and “ITS and Information Technology Merging”—via webcast. This will allow viewers to see and hear the panelists, observe their presentations, and even submit questions live and in real time. More information is available here.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, host system for the conference, will highlight its highly successful “TransitStat” program at the host forum. Based on the PerformanceStat strategy, GCRTA has taken this concept and applied it to become a popular and revolutionary new way of managing a transit agency management team. The authority also will offer a discussion of “Branded Transportation Services” and how branding an agency’s services can drive up ridership levels and civic and customer appeal.
The annual Bus Roadeo brings together bus operators and mechanics from across North America for competition in several areas, followed by the Customer Service Challenge for operators. Roadeo winners will be recognized at the annual roadeo awards banquet with live music, great food, and the presentation of awards.
Manufacturers’ representatives participate in the annual Bus Display and the Bus Products & Services Showcase, providing information and answers to bus-related questions. Lunch will be provided to all Bus & Paratransit Conference recipients at both events.
For more information about the conference, visit the APTA web site.