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Foxx, Members of Congress to Address Legislative Conference

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, FTA senior officials and five members of Congress are among the speakers who will address the APTA Legislative Conference, March 13-15.

Foxx joins FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan for the “Update from DOT” afternoon General Session on March 14, which will be followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer discussion with McMillan and FTA officials Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers, Acting Chief Counsel Ellen Partridge and three associate administrators: Henrika Buchanan-Smith, program management; Vincent Valdes, research, demonstration and innovation; and Thomas Littleton, safety and oversight.

“Get Started with Members of Congress,” the Tuesday breakfast General Session, includes remarks from five members of Congress (one senator and four members of the House): Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member, Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee; and Reps. Robert Dold (R-IL) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), both members, Ways and Means Committee; Peter DeFazio, ranking member, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee; and Jeff Denham, member, T&I Committee.

In addition, the conference includes the Opening General Session with APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy and the “APTA National Partners Roundtable” moderated by APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall with panelists Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County (MN) commissioner and chair, Transportation Steering Committee and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority; College Park (MD) Mayor Patrick Wojahn, chair, Transportation & Infrastructure Services Committee, National League of Cities; and Grace ­Gallucci, member, National Association of Regional Council, and executive director, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.

Other conference sessions include “The ‘Insider’ Perspective for the Transit Industry” sponsored by APTA’s BMBG; “the View from the Hill” with congressional committee staff; ­“Welcome to Washington” with David ­Wasserman, election analyst, Cook Political Report, and Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher, Rothenberg & ­Gonzales Political Report; a presentation by the Capitol Steps, several committee meetings, receptions, an FTA workshop on the Capital Investment Program and FTA listening session on the proposed National Public Transportation Safety Plan and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (separate registrations required).

This year’s conference also includes COMTO’s Awards Ceremony, “Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation,” which will honor several APTA members. (Tickets are required for this event.)

DOT Secretary
Anthony Foxx

APTA Chair
Valarie J. McCall

Sen. Sherrod

Rep.Robert Dold

Rep. Earl

Rep. Jeff Denham

Rep. Peter DeFazio

David Wasserman

Nathan Gonzales



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