May 25, 2009
See numerous senior transit positions — including two CEOs, one assistant general manager, and a senior vice president — in today's Classifieds.
Rail Conference to Convene in Chicago; Szabo, Welbes to Keynote
It’s nearly June, which means it’s almost time for the 2009 APTA Rail Conference. Sign up now so you won’t miss out on hearing from newly confirmed Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Joe Szabo and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Executive Director and Acting Deputy Administrator Matt Welbes, who will provide the latest news, ARRA guidance, and other updates.
Among the many workshops are several focusing on high-speed rail and positive train control—particularly important and instructive in light of the $8 billion in ARRA funding for high-speed rail. Another of-the-moment topic is workforce development, so check out such sessions as labor/management relations and partnerships and the challenge of filling the ranks. Transit-oriented development is one more area of focus at the conference.
Also, plan to attend the professional training options and workshops that follow APTA’s 2009 Rail Conference, including:
Thursday, June 18, will offer several workshops. Of critical importance will be FTA’s ARRA Briefing, 8-9:30 a.m., to discuss grant applications and reporting requirements, and to introduce the process established for making grants under the ARRA supplemental discretionary program announced in the May 18 Federal Register.
Also on Thursday: The “Positive Train Control” (PTC) workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon will focus on how FRA will oversee the implementation of Congressionally-mandated PTC. For an open discussion of the federal waiver process, light rail and commuter rail technology, new rolling stock, and new operating concepts in relation to the traditional regulatory approach, plan to attend the “Shared Track” workshop, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
There is a separate $75 fee to attend either or both of these workshops for those not registered for the APTA conference.