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Annual Meeting & EXPO: A Major Destination

Seven Learning Zones, educational sessions, presentations about public transportation projects around the world, best practices, product and service updates, exhibits by 750-plus companies . . . it’s all at APTA’s 2014 Annual Meeting & EXPO, Oct. 12-15, at the ­Hilton ­Americas and the George R. Brown ­Convention Center in Houston.

New this year are the Learning Zones, located both on the show floor and in adjacent areas. Each zone is devoted to a specific topic: Innovations, Solutions, International, Mobility Management for Livable and Sustainable Communities, Procurement and Materials Management, Bus Technical Maintenance and Clean Technology, and Workforce Development.

EXPO Advisory Committee Chair Jeff Wharton, president of IMPulse NC LLC, said the entire event is designed to enhance and broaden attendees’ EXPO experience with a variety of technical and international presentations.

“The APTA EXPO, held only once every three years, is the premier public transportation showcase, designed for the transit consumer. In particular, transit agency leaders need to get their staff to EXPO so they can learn first-hand about all the new technologies, products, and services that will benefit their transit systems,” Wharton said.

Industry experts will give presentations on an array of topics ranging from the latest in fare collection systems and public transit shelters to mobility management and green solutions, international practices, and opportunities for small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.

For example, the Mobility Management for Livable and Sustainable Communities Zone will feature presentations on products, services, technologies, and new developments in the field. Wharton said this dedicated space is “where you will find the latest and most effective means towards transit-oriented development, complete streets, urban circulators, and sustainable designs.”

And public transit professionals from ­Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and Israel will report on their projects at the Inter­national Learning Zone. Transit specialists from additional countries are expected to register before the EXPO. 

More than 15,000 ­public transit professionals are expected to attend the EXPO, held in conjunction with the 2014 APTA Annual Meeting, making it the largest and most comprehensive ­public transportation-related event in the world. It offers an unparalleled opportunity for public transit professionals to exchange information on best practices, research, and new trends while learning about the newest and most innovative public transit products and technologies and hearing from leaders of the industry.

Information acquired at the EXPO can help public transit professionals enhance their passengers’ experience while operating more efficiently and profitably.

The EXPO website also provides searchable maps of the exhibit floor and a search feature to list exhibitors by ­category and nationality. 

About the Annual Meeting
With the theme “America’s Future Is Riding on Public Transportation,” the Annual Meeting will offer several General Sessions and dozens of topic-specific educational sessions and workshops. (See descriptions of some educational programs in a related story.)

Highlights of the meeting include the presentation of APTA’s Awards at an Oct. 14 breakfast meeting, graduation of the Leadership APTA Class of 2014, and recognition of the American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Award recipients.

APTA will also host its 2014 TransITech Conference Oct. 13-15 in Houston, concurrent with the Annual Meeting & EXPO. TransITech attendees will have full access to the EXPO exhibits, but will have to register separately to participate in the Annual Meeting.

TransITech sessions will examine technologies ranging from electronic payment systems to Intelligent Transportation Systems applications for public transit and advanced railway technology.

For details about the EXPO, Annual Meeting, and TransITech, click here.
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