2000 Bus Summit (October 19, 2000)

Number C-00-10
8/3/2000
U.S. Department
of Transportation
Deputy Administrator

    400 Seventh St. S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20590

Federal Transit
Administration

 

Dear Colleague:

As a key member of our transit community, I know you understand the vital role that transit plays in our society and the importance of ensuring that the transit industry and its fleet remain healthy and vital. In support of this goal, The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) last convened a transit bus summit meeting in 1995, and a subsequent symposium in 1997, to address some of the common issues facing the industry. While these meetings and subsequent follow-up activities achieved some success in raising awareness and bringing industry professionals together to work toward common solutions, a number of issues remain.

With this in mind, I am convening a year 2000 Bus Summit to address a number of the critical issues facing us and to strengthen the collaborative process of reaching consensus on government/industry solutions. You are invited to attend The Bus Summit on October 19, 2000 at the Ronald Reagan International Center, Washington, DC. An evening reception is planned for October 18th at that same location. The format for the Bus Summit will be a series of working sessions aimed at actively engaging all participants, soliciting their input and providing ample opportunity for discussion and follow-on activities. For this reason, attendance will be limited to a select number of participants including transit operators, manufacturers, suppliers and consultants. The theme of the Summit, "Ensuring a Healthy US Bus Industry," is focused on a public/private partnership effort aimed at reaching real solutions to real problems. The Summit will bring stakeholders together for fruitful discussion and action.

In preparation for the Summit, FTA staff has engaged in an on-going dialogue with stakeholders to identify a range of critical issues affecting the health of the US bus industry. Through these collaborative formal and informal efforts, we have mutually identified several recurring areas of concern.

The areas that we have identified for our Summit, which find a common point in the acquisition process, include:

1. Procurement policies and practices,
2. equipment standards and specifications,
3. the introduction of new technologies,
4. the impact of electronic commerce and electronic information exchange, and
5. financing.

The Summit is an important step in renewing our commitment as an industry to tackle continuing challenges. I welcome your participation in this process and your commitment to working together with FTA and your fellow industry professionals to achieve positive results for the transit community.

Detailed information will be mailed to you shortly regarding exact meeting times, the meeting agenda, and other logistic matters. We recommend that you book your hotel early as rooms fill up quickly in October. A small registration fee will be charged to help defray the cost of meals and facilities. Please contact us at your earliest possible convenience to confirm your participation and to receive additional information.

Again, I sincerely hope that you will be able to attend this important Summit. I look forward to your active participation and I welcome your ideas on how, together in a true public/private partnership, we can strengthen and improve the U.S. public transit bus industry.

Sincerely,
Nuria I. Fernandez
Acting Administrator

Registration/Conference information: FTA Contact:
Ms. Susan Sharp
Sharp & Company
110 North Washington Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Tel (301) 424-6133
Fax (301) 340-1754
susan@sharpandco.com
Ms. Elaine Dezenski
Program Manager
Federal Transit Administration
400 7th Street, SW
Tel (202) 493-2633
Fax (202) 366-3765
elaine.dezenski@dot.gov