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AUG 2014

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58 < m ETRO m AGAZINE AUGUST 2014 streets and transit oriented development. It is designed to generate new member- ship for APTA as the lead association for this transit niche. Many of APTA's developer and archi- tect business members will have booths both on the main foor and in the plaza addressing sustainability and livability, Wharton says. He adds the idea for the additional ex- hibit hall came into being after the 2011 Expo in New Orleans as the committee reviewed the unique three-story layout of the convention center and considered what to do with open foor space on the third level. APTA will continue, as with the 2011 EXPO in New Orleans, a business-to- business e vent that op ens the flo or specifically to exhibitors for network- ing before being joined by the gener- al public as well as a photo contest on Facebook. APTA hopes to attract not only CEOs from transit agencies but procurement and operations and maintenance groups. "That's where the business is con- ducted: the people on the front lines that see the needs and can learn from all the new product innovations and technolo- gies out there," Wharton says. "We're fo- cused on being able to match business members with customers and the mu- tual success of all parties … this will be so much more than just a transit show." "Te energy and excitement through- out EXPO 2014 will be palpable," adds Melaniphy. "[Attendees] will come away with a real sense of the global nature of our industry." HIGHLIGHTS This year's sched- u l e i n c l u d e s t h e O p e n i n g G e n e r a l S ession, which w ill o f f e r a t t e n d e e s a n update on APTA's na- tional initiatives, the Metropolitan Tran- sit Authority of Har- ris County's (Metro) work in the region and APTA's 2015-2019 strategic plans. The session will feature Melaniphy as well as Tomas Lambert, Metro's CEO, and Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker. It will also include the handing of the gavel from APTA Chair Peter Varga to incoming Chair Phillip A. Washington, GM of Denver's Regional Transporta- tion District, and the keynote address by Stephen L. Klineberg, co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, entitled "Te Changing He did just that with a new offering this year that will reach out to the archi- tecture and development segment of the industry. APTA added a new space on the convention center's third foor, called "Mobility Management for Livable and Sustainable Communities," which will feature a special plaza focusing on livable and sustainable communities, complete APTA EXPO 2014 PREVIEW Lambert

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