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French Delegation Visits APTA Offices
APTA welcomed a delegation of representatives from French cities and local governments to its offices on June 25.
Participants in the group are working on a new public policy exchange program between cities and local governments in France and the U.S., and learning about how U.S. municipalities deal with these issues. This program will focus on local action regarding climate change, new alternatives in public transportation, and diversity in cities.
Roland Ries, mayor of the French city of Strasbourg and chairman of GART (Grouping of Authorities Responsible for Transport), led the group, which included representatives from three French cities and three associations working on city-oriented issues.
Also participating in the meeting were Federal Transit Administration (FTA) representatives Rita Daguillard, director of the Office of Research Management, and Michael Winter, international program specialist. Topics of discussion included the efforts undertaken by FTA, APTA, and different cities to develop sustainable and accessible transit for all citizens and several of APTA’s workforce development programs.
The delegation also met with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, representatives of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and local DC government officials.