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More Sessions, Speakers Confirmed for 2009 Annual Meeting

Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, will address “The Future of Transit in a Green Economy” at an Oct. 7 General Forum during the 2009 APTA Annual Meeting, Oct. 4-7 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL. The session will examine the impact of a “greener” new economy on the public transportation industry.

APTA also has announced other session topics and speakers during the meeting, resulting in a program designed to meet the needs of public transit professionals coping with the current volatile business environment.

Leaders of public transit agencies will conduct a roundtable discussion Oct. 5, describing the extraordinary measures they have taken in turbulent times to position their organizations for a bright future. Scheduled panelists include Gary C. Thomas, APTA vice chair-rail transit and president/executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit; Mark R. Aesch, chief executive officer with the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority in Rochester, NY; and Stephen G. Bland, chief executive officer of Pittsburgh’s Port Authority of Allegheny County.

An Oct. 6 General Forum will highlight the largest transit public works projects in North America, including Access to the Region’s Core for the New York/New Jersey region; the Toronto Transit Commission’s comprehensive expansion plans, which incorporate subway and light rail extensions and rehabilitation of current service; and Sound Transit’s Central Link Light Rail line, which opened in July in Seattle.

APTA’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Workforce Development, chaired by Doran Barnes, vice chair-human resources and executive director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA, will present its key recommendations—including hot issues in proposed legislation, higher education, industry image, collaborations, youth outreach, and metrics—on Oct. 6.

LYNX Tour: Operations
LYNX, host system for the 2009 APTA Annual Meeting, will open its new Operations Center to visitors at a technical tour Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 6.

The LYNX Operations Center (LOC) houses one of the first U.S. biodiesel blending facilities built and operated by a transit company, giving LYNX the means to convert its entire fleet of 290 vehicles to biodiesel fuel. The 159,925-square-foot facility, situated on 24.1 total acres, houses 24 maintenance bays and 16 lifts; teaching facilities that include computer classrooms; tire, paint, and electronic repair shops; and a wash and fuel facility.

The agency will also showcase a micro-particle disinfectant machine that LYNX purchased with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, using technology originally created for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The “Dri-Mist” technology—created by Zimek of Sarasota, FL—kills dangerous bacteria, viruses, and toxic mold that may cause severe health problems on the agency’s buses, passenger terminal, and work and public spaces.

For more information on additional sessions at the 2009 APTA Annual Meeting, visit the APTA web site.


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