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APTA Hosts Third Youth Summit in Washington

Forty-eight students representing 19 states came to Washington June 23-26 to participate in APTA’s third Youth Summit. APTA’s business members and the Business Member Board of Governors provided financial support for the summit.

Topics addressed during the summit include the environmental benefits of public transportation, how communities can prosper with increased public transit services, the role of local and federal policies in public transit, and career opportunities in the industry. At the end of the summit, student teams delivered small group presentations on topics including sustainability, technology, advocacy, and careers.

Summit participants took part in a Capitol Hill briefing and tour, presentations at DOT and meetings with senior officials, a tour of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Operations Control Center, a sustainability presentation and visit to Jacobs, a tour of the transportation exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and an evening tour of the monuments.

The program also included on-campus workshops at Trinity Washington University, where summit programs were conducted, briefings, a presentation by APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy, and remarks from David Harris Jr., a graduate of the 2008 APTA Youth Summit and a 2013 graduate of Howard University.

 

Photo by Mitch Wood
Melaniphy speaks at the opening session with 2013 APTA Youth Summit participants, member volunteers, and APTA staff.

 

Photo by Todd Parola, Todd Parola Photography
The 48 participants in the APTA Youth Summit pose during their visit to Capitol Hill.

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