APTA cancels Legislative Conference

March 11, 2020
The association said the health and safety of its members is paramount and investigating the possibility of rescheduling of the conference.
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has canceled is 2020 Legislative Conference that was to be held in Washington, D.C., March 15-17. APTA said the decision was not made lightly and was made following discussions with the association’s executive committee.  

“The health, safety and well-being of our members and their families is of paramount importance. We believe it is in the best interest of everyone to cancel the conference and ensure that our members are able to do what they do best–serve their customers and communities,” APTA Chair Nuria Fernandez and APTA President and CEO Paul Skoutelas said in a letter to conference attendees.

APTA explains that it had been closely monitoring updates of the from several sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments. The association also says an increasing number of attendees and scheduled speakers had been placed under travel restrictions.

“This is a unique time for us all, but APTA members and the public transit industry have a long history of rising to meet whatever challenges come our way. Please know that APTA is here for you and we will not waver in our commitment to provide the quality resources and support that you need,” Fernandez and Skoutelas wrote.

The association issued a follow up statement on March 11 that said APTA "is considering alternatives and potential avenues through which to reschedule, relocate or redesign this conference for later in 2020. "

APTA has been helping the public transit industry meet the challenges associated with the spreading novel coronavirus and has established a resource page: https://www.apta.com/public-transit-response-to-coronavirus/.

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This story was updated March 11 to incorporate new statement from APTA. 

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Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.