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June 22, 2009

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APTA Members Participate in Senate Banking Committee Symposium

Several APTA members participated in a June 19 symposium on the New Starts program before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, which will write the transit title of the upcoming surface transportation authorization bill.

The event, “Reforming the New Starts Process for a New Era of Transportation,” gave committee members an opportunity to hear from industry experts on ways to reform and improve the New Starts process, and ask questions to help them determine what works and what needs to be fixed. Following brief opening statements by the participants regarding the New Starts program and ideas to strengthen it, senators and legislative staff participated in a roundtable discussion.

Participants included Frank Wilson, president and chief executive officer of Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County; Mike Wiley, general manager and CEO of the Sacramento Regional Transit District; Diana Mendes, chair of the APTA Policy and Planning Committee; John Inglish, general manager/CEO of the Utah Transit Authority in Salt Lake City; Cal Marsella, general manager of the Regional Transportation District in Denver; and Christopher Boylan, deputy executive director, corporate affairs and communications, with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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