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Sessions Cover Broad Topics and Trends: Financing, Procurement, Technology, Workforce Development

APTA’s Annual Meeting features a host of concurrent sessions on a broad range of topics—all presented by the industry’s top professionals and experts. Register your team so your agency can attend all of these best practice-focused sessions.

Here’s a preliminary rundown:

Congress and the Federal Transportation Agenda. With MAP-21 expiring Sept. 30, what legislative progress should the public transportation industry expect on a new bill? Congressional staff will share their views on the authorization process, the status of the Highway Trust Fund and Mass Transit Account, and other federal funding and regulatory issues.

Promising Practices in Asset Management, State of Good Repair, and Performance-Based Planning. MAP-21 requires that all FTA grantees develop a Transit Asset Management (TAM) plan, including an asset inventory with condition assessments and an investment prioritization process. Public transit agency and MPO representatives will report on how integrating TAM and state of good repair priorities can lead to better capital planning investment decisions.

Comprehensive Approaches to Financing Transit Projects. With increasing ridership, demands for more service, and tight funding, public transit professionals are exploring new ways to deliver more service efficiently. This session focuses on innovative ways the private sector can support the expansion and improvement of transit systems, thus strengthening quality and introducing efficiency.

Local Share Funding Sources Funding for Public Transportation. Tax sources from various levels of government—federal, state, and local—provide the foundational support for public transportation systems around the world. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute will present its matching funds resource guide, which focuses on small urban and rural transit agencies.

Executive Roundtable: Advancing Our Front-Line Workforce. Public and private sector transit leaders will share their plans, challenges, and successes as they advance an array of new workforce development programs for their front-line employees. This session will highlight a variety of innovative projects.

The Transit Board Member’s Role in Procurement. Transit agency board members and commissioners shape the environment in which procurement is conducted and protect the integrity of the process. This session will cover many aspects of the procurement policy process.

Management and Integration of Current and New Technologies. Technology tools and resources are key enablers to the business processes and operations of virtually all transit agencies. As these resources continue to expand, challenges emerge as to the best ways to integrate new and existing technologies for operational efficiency and customer service improvements.

Top Actions to Mitigate Distracted Driving. Public transportation continues to be one of the safest modes of travel in the U.S., and safety is a high priority for the industry. While much has been done to increase the safety of public transit operations, high consequence incidents can and do occur due to fatigue, distraction, or “lack of situational awareness.” This session features practical prevention strategies.

You Are a Powerful Force: ­Public Transportation and Real Estate Values. Investment in the public transportation system can lead to higher real estate values. This means public transit operators can create wealth and tax revenue from the service they provide. New research shows the power of their reach and the influence that additional investment can bring.

Linking Transit and Land Use: Building and Sustaining Transit-Oriented Communities. Public transit agencies are forming partnerships with cities and MPOs to develop strategies to enhance livable, sustainable communities that provide access and connections to health care, education, and employment. This session focuses on best practices.

Advocacy and Trends in Public Perceptions. Follow the trends in public perceptions of current service and learn about possibilities for future products, services, and communications. Learn more about engaging the general public and stakeholders and build stronger support for public transportation at the local and national levels.

Reimagining Transit Services and Organizations: A Texas Roundup. Cities and multi-centered regions are dynamic and growing, with public transportation agencies transforming their entire service networks and internal organizations. New business models can help systems offer faster commutes, reduced wait times, and simpler, more frequent service.

Big Transportation Infrastructure Projects Worldwide. Many of the largest infrastructure projects in the world are public transportation projects. This session highlights projects that will help transform their communities and position public transportation as a key component for shaping communities and serving future generations.

Good Faith Effort: Live or Memorex? APTA-COMTO DBE Assembly. This session considers ways to support and enhance the effectiveness of DBE programs. Topics will include challenges facing DBE firms, how to ensure a level playing field in winning contracts, and how to help strengthen DBEs so they can grow and succeed outside the program.

Arts in Transit. Art and design excellence in transit planning addresses the threefold challenge of a successful development project: aesthetics, function, and durability. Speakers will discuss how art and design in transit are a good investment, while veteran transit art administrators will present their projects and reflect on best practices.

APTA Awards. Celebrate public transportation’s most innovative agencies, businesses, and leaders. See a separate story in this issue.

35th Annual AdWheel Awards Ceremony. This session honors the best in public transportation marketing and communications in five categories—print, electronic, campaigns, special events, and social media—and celebrates first-place and grand award winners in each.

Celebrating Tomorrow’s Leaders: Leadership APTA and the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Scholarship Awards. At this combined session, members of the graduating Leadership APTA Class of 2014 will give presentations based on their in-depth research, and the program will welcome the Class of 2015. This session will also spotlight recipients of the APTF Scholarship Awards. 

General Sessions. The Annual Meeting features four General Sessions, including the Opening General Session, “America’s Future Is Riding on Public Transportation,” and a U.S. DOT Update with a question-and-answer component.

Visit the APTA website for details.
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