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New Learning, Networking Opportunities Enhance Annual Meeting in San Francisco

APTA continues to add sessions and events to the schedule for the upcoming Annual Meeting, Oct. 4-7 in San Francisco. A few new highlights follow:

The Oct. 7 Closing General Session, “Public Transportation: A Pathway to Health,” will examine the connections between transportation mobility options and quality of life. Communities across the country are implementing new, innovative strategies to improve mobility options in accessing health care.

Speakers will report on FTA’s new Rides to Wellness Initiative and ways to lead conversations and initiatives around improving transportation to health care facilities, collaborate with the health care industry in local communities and work directly with city and state decision-makers to promote awareness of this issue.

APTA also has added a new track devoted to procurement-related sessions. Topics include the following:

Procurement Audits. Public transportation agency internal auditors can work collaboratively with procurement professionals to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness by planning in advance.

Alternate Project Delivery Methods. Most government construction projects built in the 20th century were procured through the traditional Design-Bid-Build method. Industry experts will discuss the pros and cons of alternate methods such as Design-Build, Construction Manager at Risk and Job Order Cost.

Understanding Bid Protests and Contract Claims. Protests and claims might be the best and last chance for a disappointed bidder or contractor to seek equity from a government. On the other hand, protests and claims can impose costly delays and administrative burdens on transit properties.

Register for the Annual Meeting here.

Event to Benefit APTF

All attendees are invited to attend an event to honor APTA’s incoming chair, Valarie J. McCall, on Monday, Oct. 5, 8:30 p.m.-midnight, Imperial Ballroom, Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel. It features a short program, which will start at 9:15 p.m.

The event will benefit APTA’s foundation, APTF; donations to APTF are appreciated, but not required.

For details, contact Pam Boswell.

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