APTA’s TRANSform Conference EXPO will continue with Day 2 at the Orange County Convention Center...

APTA’s TRANSform Conference EXPO will continue with Day 2 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.


The 2021 APTA TRANSform Conference rolls right along on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

The opening session will be the Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum from 6:30 to 8 a.m. The next two sessions will be Procurement and Supply Chain Committee from 7 to 8:15 a.m. and Business Member Workforce Development Committee from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.

The APTA Honors Ceremony and Breakfast will take place from 7:45 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets are required for the breakfast and ceremony, which will honor the “best of the best” of the public transportation industry, as well as this year’s APTF scholarship recipients; the graduating class of Leadership APTA; and the winners of the 2020-21 AdWheel Awards and 2020-21 Bus and Rail Safety, Security, and COVID-19 Response Awards.

The Inside the APTA Bus and Rail Safety, Security, and COVID-19 Response Excellence Awards session will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

These awards will recognize bus and rail systems in North America for their outstanding safety and security programs and their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic through the application of effective safety, security, and/or COVID-19 initiatives. 

There will be several sessions from 1:30 to 3 p.m., starting with Enhancing the Customer Experience through Quality, Real-Time and Open Data., where a panel will discuss the data provided by the digital world and help determine how data can be the tool for improving network performance and service to the customer.  

The Innovations in Mobility: Transformational Ideas from Across the Continent session will discuss how agencies can move quickly when an idea presents itself, while collecting data that informs future decisions to expand or suspend the program. 

The final three sessions from 1:30 to 3 p.m. will be Post-Pandemic Landscape, What an Equitable Transit Service Looks Like: Putting Equity into Action, and What Can You Do to Stop a Cyber-Attack?

Post-Pandemic Landscape will focus on the broad picture of what was learned during the pandemic and the future of public transit and their communities in a post-pandemic environment.

What an Equitable Transit Service Looks Like will discuss the commitment to delivering equitable service and how that is shaping service structures, delivery, and access.

“What Can You Do to Stop a Cyber-Attack?” will feature federal government cyber experts who will share best practices, cybersecurity requirements, and available resources.

The sessions from 3:30 to 5 p.m., include: CEOs Sharing Panel: Transit Agency Priorities and Challenges as we Emerge from the Pandemic; Defining Workforce Needs to Support Bus Fleet Electrification; From Volume to Value: Measuring and Communicating the Value of Transit Beyond Ridership – Part 1; Hot Topics in Safety and FTA Safety-Related Initiatives; Smart Money – Successful Strategies for Capital Investment and Project Selection; and Transit Ridership Trends and the Future of Ridership

The day will end with the Leadership APTA Alumni Reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tickets are required and the fee is $125 per person.

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Louis Prejean

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Assistant editor Louis Prejean works on Metro Magazine and Automotive Fleet. The Louisiana native is now covering the fleet industry after years of radio and reporting experience.

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