Invitation to FTA UTC/Transit Forums for 2007

Printer Friendly Number 2007-40

April 24, 2007


Mass Mailout Number III-2007-40


Subject:  Invitation to FTA UTC/Transit Issues Forums


Dear Transit Colleague:


The Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovations in FTA Headquarters has asked us to forward the information below to our regional grantees:


You are invited to attend the May 6 FTA UTC/Transit meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, hosted by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation, Office of Technology as a pre-meeting to APTA’s Bus and Paratransit Conference.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum for meaningful dialogue on transportation issues of national interest.  This dialogue will include representatives of the transit industry, University Transportation Centers (UTCs) and FTA and will explore optimal solutions to issues identified by the transit industry that can be addressed using capabilities of the UTCs.


The FTA Office of Technology is using new approaches to enhance the link between the transit and university communities and to improve transfer of university research to transit providers.  The new approaches include meetings and workshops which are expected to provide a relaxed environment to open lines of communication between UTC and transit agency leaders and to facilitate discussion of research and education issues.  The anticipated outcome of the group discussions is the formation of a partnership and joint research agenda.


In addition to the meeting in Nashville, FTA is hosting two additional meetings and two workshops in other locations around the country to provide additional opportunities for dialogue.  The schedule for these meetings and their focus areas follows this message.  The three meetings are being held in conjunction with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Bus and Paratransit Conference, the Community Transportation Association of America Expo 2007, and the APTA Rail Conference.  These meetings provide an opportunity to more fully describe the issues, research questions and products desired.  The two workshops held in Birmingham, Alabama and Denver, Colorado will have additional time to more fully develop the topics and potential solutions.  Transit managers and UTC or other transportation researchers are invited to attend any or all of these sessions to contribute to this dialogue.


To start the dialogue, several transit agencies have provided lists of their concerns (Attachment 1).


FTA needs to know which of these meetings you will attend.  Thus, FTA asks you to complete and submit the FTA Registration Form (Attachment 2) electronically by April 27, 2007 to Lisa Colbert (email address below).


An agenda for the Nashville meeting is included as Attachment 3.  Agendas for the subsequent sessions are provided as Attachment 4.  If you plan to attend only the FTA UTC/Transit meeting at the APTA and CTAA conferences, no registration fee applies.  Please complete and submit the FTA registration form only; you will not need to register for the larger conferences.  However, if you plan to attend any of the APTA or CTAA committee meetings or sessions, you should officially register with APTA and CTAA and a fee will be applied.  If you are not aware, APTA and CTAA offer a special registration rate to UTC officials (faculty, staff, and students).


If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Lisa Colbert in FTA Headquarters at (202) 366-9261 or FAX (202) 366-3765 or email  We look forward to seeing you at one or all of these meetings.





Herman C. Shipman

Acting Regional Administrator



Schedule of 2007 FTA/UTC/Transit Meetings and Workshops



May 6           Nashville, Tennessee         3:00 – 4:30 p.m.    


Focus:   Safety and Operational Issues in Bus Transit

            Human Service Coordination and Mobility Management


Held in conjunction with American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference, Renaissance Nashville Hotel; 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN  37203, (615) 255-8400,


May 23         Reno, Nevada                   3:30 – 5:00 p.m.


Focus:   Safety and Operational Issues In Transit

            Human Service Coordination and Mobility Management


Held in conjunction with the Community Transportation Association of America Expo 2007, Atlantis Hotel; 3800 S. Virginia Street; Reno NV 89502, (775) 825-4700,



June 4         Toronto, Ontario               3:00 – 4:30 p.m.


Focus:   Safety and Security Issues in Rail Transit

            Operational and Maintenance Issues in Transit


Held in conjunction with American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference,

Sheraton Centre; 123 Queen Street West; Toronto, Ontario, (416) 947-4955 x4442,




May 14         Birmingham, Alabama        8:00 – 5:30 p.m.


Focus:   Disaster, Response, Recovery & Security

            Human Service Coordination and Mobility Management


University Transportation Center of Alabama, University of Alabama, Sheraton Birmingham; 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North; Birmingham, AL 35203, (205) 324-5000,


May 16-17    Denver, Colorado              7:30 – 6:30 p.m. (day 1) 7:30 – 5:30 p.m. (day 2)    


Focus:   Safety & Security Issues in Transit (Rail and Bus); Operational Issues in Transit (Bus and Rail); & Transit-Oriented and Joint Development


National Center for Intermodal Transportation, A partnership between the University of Denver and Mississippi State University, The School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management University of Denver, 2044 East Evans Avenue; Denver, Colorado 80208,


To defray the cost of two continental breakfasts, a lunch, and a reception at the Denver, Colorado workshop, a registration fee of $50.00 applies.   Separately from the workshop, there is also a luncheon and tour on the afternoon of the second day for an additional cost.  See the agenda for further information.