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2018 BUS & PARATRANSIT
APTA Welcomes Bus,
To Tampa for Conference
undreds of bus and paratransit
professionals are gathering this
week in Tampa, FL, to participate in the 2018 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference at the Tampa Marriott
Waterside Hotel, co-hosted by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority
(HART) and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit
Authority (PSTA) in St. Petersburg.
Prior to the Opening General Session
Monday morning, May 7, APTA hosted
committee meetings throughout the
weekend and welcomed North America's
top bus operators and maintenance
teams May 6 to compete in the APTA
International Bus Roadeo, hosted by
Gabe Klein, special venture partner
with Fontinalis Partners and former
commissioner of the Chicago and
Washington, DC, DOTs, will give the
keynote speech at the Opening General Session, joining speakers including
APTA Chair Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., chief
executive officer of the Jacksonville (FL)
Transportation Authority and APTA
President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas.
The morning starts off with the Business Member Networking Breakfast,
supported by the APTA Business Member Activity Fund.
Throughout the conference, APTA
will present educational sessions organized by six routes of study:
n Transforming Communities
with Technological & Mobility
n Integrated, Coordinated Access &
n Planning, Operations &
n Safety, Security, Risk Management
& Emergency Preparedness;
n Organizational & Workforce Development; and
n Management & Policy.
Lunch on Monday will be served
during the Bus Display outside the
main entrance of the hotel. Twenty bus
models will be available to tour, and
manufacturers' representatives will be
on hand to discuss their products and
In the afternoon, FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams and other FTA
officials will report on the agency's
initiatives at a General Session. Other
sessions will feature the annual Customer Service Challenge and graduation
ceremonies for the Emerging Leaders
Program Class of 2018.
The Tuesday schedule begins with a
General Session, "Big Data's Big Impact,"
that will also include the presentation of
APTA's 2018 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards. Mobility Management
Tuesday, an all-day workshop, features
representatives of public transit agencies
and businesses discussing such topics as
microtransit, access to healthcare, flex
service and autonomous vehicles. The
schedule also includes numerous educational sessions and the Bus Products
& Services Showcase with more than
140 exhibitors, where attendees can
learn about what's new and innovative
in bus and paratransit.
The International Bus Roadeo Awards
Banquet on Tuesday night will recognize
all roadeo participants and honor the
best bus operators (35-foot and 40-foot
bus), maintenance team and the Grand
Champion, the combined team with the
Wednesday's schedule will offer more
concurrent sessions in the morning followed by the Closing General Session,
"It's All About the Ride: Strategies for
Sustaining and Building Ridership."
Panelists representing bus agencies and
a community and economic development professional will discuss strategies
for serving, sustaining and building
Attendees should be sure to download the special conference app, featuring session descriptions and times,
speaker information, special events,
news alerts and more!
For additional information on local
dining and attractions, go to www.visit
A P TA
Chair: Ron Brooks, manager of accessible transit services, Valley Metro, chair
APTA Staff Advisor: Pamela Boswell
253 Members | Find details at www.apta.com under "About APTA"
What is your committee's role for APTA and the industry as a whole?
The purpose of the APTA Access Committee is to implement the transportation
provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other related federal
legislation or regulations.
The committee provides a forum where members can discuss accessible
transit and paratransit services, policies and procedures that improve the quality of accessibility for everyone; promotes the integration of accessibility within
all services, including conventional public transit and paratransit and emerging
technologies and services; and serves as a resource for information about transportation accessibility for APTA, its members, FTA and other organizations.
What are the committee's top priorities for the year?
The Access Committee's 2017-2019 work plan identifies five major priorities:
n Take a leadership role in developing, promoting and providing accessible
transit, paratransit and other accessibility-related training and technical
n Partner with FTA to ensure that accessibility-related regulatory requirements
and guidelines are "operationally feasible";
n Provide expertise to APTA and its members on how best to meet the transportation needs of seniors and people with disabilities;
n Assist other APTA committees in incorporating an
accessibility focus into their efforts and projects; and
n Work with APTA to ensure that all budgetary, legislative and regulatory information and advocacy efforts
incorporate the concerns of seniors and people with
How does the committee engage members in these
In addition to face-to-face committee meetings at the
APTA Legislative, Bus & Paratransit and Annual conferences, the committee holds periodic webinars on a
range of accessibility topics.
The committee has a collaboration website where members can find information and connect to other members, and members also seek information from
one another via the Access Committee roster email distribution group.
APTA's committees play an important role in fulfilling the association's
commitment to developing industry leaders, especially young professionals.
Please share how your committee encourages young professionals to
participate in its work.
While the Access Committee does not specifically focus on younger members,
we have increased the number of subcommittees working on committee-related
issues and business-meaning more opportunities for younger members to get
Please share how an individual's service on this committee can add value
to his or her career.
The Access Committee and its subcommittees offer opportunities for early-career
professionals to develop their skills in several ways. First: accessible transit and
paratransit are technical subjects that professionals can learn and then use to
add value both in their current roles and while building skills and experience for
expanded future roles.
Second: through committee meetings and sponsored workshops, the committee generates numerous opportunities to make public presentations, ranging
from informal small-group presentations to webinar presentations to formal presentations at meetings and conferences.
Every speaking role at a conference or on a webinar offers opportunities
to practice and develop skills, and every such opportunity provides exposure to
managers, agencies and to other organizations working in the transportation
The Tampa Marriott Waterside, site of the 2018 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference.
What is the committee doing to advance the goals in APTA's strategic plan?
Every one of the Access Committee's goals is directly tied to one or more APTA
Strategic Work Plan goals. Thus, by fulfilling our mission, we are helping APTA to
fulfill its mission.
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