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AUG 2014

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59 AUGUST 2014 m ETRO m AGAZINE > SEE MORE WITH MOR-VISION MOR MOR -VISION INTEGRATED MIRROR/MONITOR BACKUP CAMERA SYSTEM FOR PARATRANSIT BUSES Face of Houston: Te Prospects of Walk- able Urbanism in a Car-Centered City." Members of the U.S. Department of Transportation will be on hand to dis- cuss the department's latest initiatives, with additional sessions set to discuss big transportation infrastructure proj- ects worldwide, public transportation funding, advocacy, the mitigation of dis- tracted driving, workforce development and more. APTA is also set to celebrate the best and the brightest in the industry dur- ing its Annual Awards Breakfast and the AdWheel Awards, which acknowl- edge the creative excellence of member public transportation systems and busi- ness members in advertising, commu- nications and marketing. Meanwhile, "Celebrating Tommorow's Leaders," will honor APTA and American Public Transportation Foundation's scholar- ship award winners. HOUSTON PLAYS HOST Host agency Metro will showcase its new rail transportation lines and the vi- brant communities they serve. "We're very excited about having a way to showcase the convention center and [our] three new rail lines, [and] how we're [integrating] a bus network into rail expansion," says Lambert. Ac t i n g a s t h e h o s t a g e n c y , Me t ro helped APTA plan the mega-event, par- ticularly Gwen Johnson, special proj- ects manager, and Lambert, who adds the Houston community is looking for- ward to having "15,000 to 17,000 of our closest friends join us." The agency's host session will cover various multimodal approaches Metro has successfully implemented to serve the region — rail expansion, convert- ing HOV lanes to HOT lanes, and adapt- ing its bus network to changing employ- ment patterns and demographics. Metro is also conducting an "Arts in Transit" tour, which will showcase its rail expansion program as well as local art in each of the communities that it ex- panded its services to throughout down- town and Northern Houston last De- cember, Lambert says. EXPO LEARNING ZONES At seven learning Zones located throughout the George R. Brown Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to hear from both industry experts and EXPO exhibitors on an array of topics ranging from the latest in fare collection systems and transit shelters, to mobility management and green solutions. The zones and locations are: • Innovations - Booth 1047 • Solutions - Booth 4913 • International – Booth 5750 • Livable & Sustainable Communities – Booth 7801 • Procurement & Materials Management – Room 381A • Bus Technical Maintenance & Clean Technology – Room 382AB • Workforce Development – Room 351AD

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