April 13, 2009
2009 APTA - TRB Light Rail Conference Issue
Make Plans Now for Bus Conference in Seattle
APTA has designed its 2009 Bus & Paratransit Conference & International Bus Roadeo/Bus Rapid Transit Conference, May 3-5 in Seattle, WA, to keep bus agencies and suppliers on top by addressing specific issues related to today’s economic and environmental situation.
Topics of the more than 60 sessions and events will include “The Challenge of the 2010 Engine”; “Accessibility: Doing It Right”; “Operator Focus: Education, Availability, Communication”; “Regulatory Issues in the New Administration”; and, for the first time at an APTA bus conference, “Telling Your Story to the Media.”
King County Metro Transit, the conference host system, will present several special programs during the conference. The May 5 Host Forum will showcase the agency’s innovative sustainability efforts, and technical tours will visit sites including the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, the Transit Communications and Control Center, and the Access Control Center.
Transit partnerships are the topic of the Closing Luncheon on May 6. Representatives of Microsoft will discuss their employee transportation program; GILLIG will report on its partnership initiatives with King County; the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will talk about how civic, business, political, transit agency, and vendor partnerships helped with the creation of HealthLine Bus Rapid Transit service; and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will cover the many connections required to keep service running during the 2009 presidential inauguration, such as law enforcement agencies, community groups, and local businesses.
More conference information is available here.