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AUG 2014

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56 < m ETRO m AGAZINE AUGUST 2014 This year's event will feature more than 750 global exhibitors displaying the latest products, services and technologies as well as more than 60 buses and at least two mockup railcars. New highlights include seven Learning Zones and a focus on livable and sustainable communities. Houston to Host APTA EXPO 2014 are on the show foor, will highlight the lat- e s t p r o d u c t i n n o - v a t i o n s a s w e l l a s international presen- tations with lessons learned from what's happening all around the world, Jeff Wharton, president, IMPulse NC and the chair of the APTA Expo Advisor y Committee, says. In leading the planning for this year's Expo, Wharton aimed to expand be- yond APTA's traditional lineup of prod- ucts, services, technologies and show- cases, and provide a new dimension to and experience of public transporta- tion, he says. All facets of the public transportation in- dustry are set to gather once again at the American Public Transportation As- sociation's (APTA) triennial EXPO, tak- ing place in Houston Oct. 12 to 15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Tis year's EXPO will feature more than 750 global exhibitors displaying the lat- est products, services and technologies, with the EXPO set to offer attendees a peek at more than 60 buses and at least two mockup railcars. With its theme "Powering Possibili- ties," the 2014 EXPO will ofer attendees more resources than ever including 80- plus educational sessions as well as fo- rums, tours and networking events. Ad- ditionally, this year's Annual Meeting will be held in conjunc- tion with Expo 2014. "EXPO, truly pub- lic transp or tation's p re m i e r s h o w c a s e, i s a l l a b o u t p o w e r- ing possibilities and puts attendees at the core of the pub- lic transportation industry," says APTA President/CEO Michael Melaniphy. "Just as the transit industry continues to grow and evolve, so too does EXPO. Be- lieve it or not, 2014 attendees will experi- ence a trade show foor that bests EXPO 2008 by nearly 50 additional exhibitors." SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES Seven Learning Zones, four of which The host session, given by Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro), will cover various multimodal approaches the agency has successfully implemented to serve the region, including rail expansion and adapting its bus network to changing demographics. Melaniphy Wharton

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