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Bus & Paratransit Conference to Feature Programs Focused on ADA Anniversary

When APTA goes west for the 2015 Bus & Paratransit Conference, May 3-6 in Fort Worth, TX, attendees will have the opportunity to attend dozens of educational programs, from large general sessions to topic-specific workshops and events, several of which will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A summary follows:

"Using Accessible Paths of Travel to Leverage Infrastructure Investments" will address how public transit agencies and municipalities can work together to maximize the impact accessible neighborhoods and communities can have on transit for people with disabilities.

"Not Either/Or But Both" will feature strategies for supporting people with disabilities who can use accessible fixed route public transit for some trips and helping agencies integrate paratransit and accessible fixed route transit to provide more service at a lower overall cost.

"Can Ride Sharing Provide More Shared Rides for Less?" will help public transit agency leaders understand the rise of "retail transportation" (such as Uber and Lyft) and the potential impact such companies have on demand-response transportation.

The conference will also feature the annual "Walk and Roll Wellness Event," May 5, to highlight the importance of accessible public transit for people with disabilities. The event is cohosted by APTA, Easter Seals Inc. and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), the conference host system. Participants in previous "Walk and Roll" events should wear their yellow T-shirts.

For details, click here or contact Pamela Boswell.

Veterans' Hiring Fair
APTA will also conduct its third employment workshop and fair on May 5 to help veterans transition from military careers to employment in the public transportation industry.

Representatives of APTA business members, public transit agencies and other industry organizations will be on hand to discuss career paths for veterans and to share tips on transitioning to civilian life, writing resumes and preparing an "elevator speech" to succinctly describe career background and aspirations. The initiative arises from APTA's Military/Transportation Cooperative Initiative Task Force.

For details, click here or contact Karen W. Harvey.


APTA's 2015 Bus & Paratransit Conference, May 3-6, will be held in Fort Worth, one of Texas's top tourist destinations celebrated for its eclectic mix of frontier lifestyles, family entertainment, international cuisine and diverse museums. APTA's conference features dozens of education programs organized in seven "routes," or tracks of study: technology; operations and maintenance; safety and security; accessibility and mobility management; planning, finance and sustainability; BRT; and workforce development, management and policy. In addition, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), conference host system, will conduct technical tours on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, and the International Bus Roadeo is May 1-5.

Photo courtesy of leekris, Fotolia

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