More than 500 public transportation leaders will convene in Washington, DC at the 2018 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Legislative Conference at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel from March 19-20.  This conference directs the industry’s federal advocacy efforts and legislative strategy and offers sessions with key members of Congress, Hill staff, Administration officials, and Washington opinion makers.  A variety of topics will be discussed, including: updates from USDOT; infrastructure investment; and issues affecting public transit and intercity passenger rail. The public transit leaders will spend Tuesday and Wednesday on Capitol Hill lobbying their congressional representatives.

Public transit agency leaders and APTA leadership will hold a press conference Monday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m.  Speakers will discuss the importance of including investments in public transit in a proposed infrastructure initiative and opposing the Administration’s proposed FY19 budget to the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program and the TIGER program.

Also, as part of this year’s Legislative Conference, APTA members will hear from U.S. Senator Jack Reed (R-RI); U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR); U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL); U.S. Representative Peter Defazio (D-OR); U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO); and leaders from the Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; Associated General Contractors of America; U.S. Conference of Mayors; and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

What: ​2018 APTA Legislative Conference
​Where: ​Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel
100 H Street NW
Washington, DC
​When: ​Monday, March 19 – Tuesday, March 20, 20108
​Events: ​Some conference events are highlighted below


*** Registration for the media is FREE! To register, send an email to APTA Director-Media, Virginia Miller, at​, along with the name of your organization and title.  Bring your media credentials onsite, as they will be requested.  The APTA Media Center will be located in the Franklin Square Room at the Grand Hyatt. ***


Monday, March 19
8 – 9:15 a.m.
Constitution Level
Constitution Ballroom A
Start the first full day of the conference listening to remarks from Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania and Co-Chair of Building America’s Future, an organization that focuses on the need for increased significant investment in American infrastructure projects to ensure that America maintains its place as a global economic power.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Ballroom Level
Grand Ballroom III & IV

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: What’s Ahead for Transit – Update from the Department of Transportation.  FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams, who leads an organization of over 500 employees that provides more than $12 billion annually to support and expand transit in the U.S. will deliver an update on the agency’s programs and initiatives as they relate to Safety, Infrastructure and Preparing for the Future.”

Featured Speaker:

K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC.


Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

President’s Welcome:

Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

11:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Independence Level
Independence Ballroom F

PRESS CONFERENCE:  National Transportation Leaders Discuss Infrastructure Bill Proposal and the Administration’s FY19 Budget Cuts to Capital Investment Grants (CIG) and TIGER grants.


Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., APTA Chair; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL


Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association

Peter Rogoff, CEO, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Katherine Eagan Kelleman, CEO, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

David Genova, General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Carm Basile, CEO, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

Mike Terry, President and CEO, IndyGo, Indianapolis, IN

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Independence Level
Independence Ballroom A
GENERAL SESSION: The Transit Coalition: Partners in Surface Transportation Advocacy
Join APTA’s coalition partners in surface transportation advocacy for a discussion on how their organizations are working to achieve additional infrastructure investment in an infrastructure initiative and any successor legislation to the FAST Act. Attend this session to learn more about the importance of coalition building and the ways in which we have achieved shared success in working with these important partners.Presiding:
Leanne P. Redden, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Legislative Committee; Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, ILPanelists:
Ed Mortimer, Executive Director, Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition, and Executive Director, Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DCJim Tymon, Chief Operating Officer/Director of Policy and Management, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DCSean O’Neill, Vice President, Congressional Relations and Infrastructure Advancement, Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, VA

Kevin McCarty, Assistant Executive Director, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC

Dean Franks, Senior Vice President, Congressional Relations, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Washington, DC

3 – 5 p.m.
Independence Level
Independence Ballroom A
GENERAL SESSION: View from the Hill (Media Note: Off The Record)
With major infrastructure proposals and funding bills being debated on Capitol Hill, this session will feature three panels of key Congressional staff representing House and Senate committees responsible for public transportation authorizing, appropriations, and rail legislation. Each panel will discuss different perspectives of the legislative process as it affects public transportation and take your questions.
Tuesday, March 20
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Independence Level
Independence Ballroom A
GENERAL SESSION: Get Started with Members of Congress
Hear from key members of Congress as they share their perspectives on the recent budget deal that promises increased funding for infrastructure, the future of the Highway Trust Fund, and responses to the President’s budget and infrastructure proposal.  Members of Congress from both parties representing key Congressional transportation authorization, appropriations, and finance committees will be participating.Presiding:Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FLFeatured Speakers:

Hon. Jack Reed, (D-RI), Member, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Hon. Earl Blumenauer, (D-OR), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Hon. Rodney Davis, (R-IL), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Hon. Peter DeFazio, (D-OR), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Hon. Sam Graves, (R-MO), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

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 The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.



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