The annual Community Transportation EXPO is your chance to join colleagues from around the nation in a setting dedicated to fresh ideas, innovative products and services, networking and learning. What better location than New Mexico, which is home to a diverse, innovative and thriving transit network that includes all modes of transit—from regional rail to regional rural transit, bus rapid transit to commuter-focused services. In fact, transit across the Land of Enchantment is as rich and varied as the state itself.

The conference has several elements:

* The National Community Transportation Roadeo
* One, two or three day intensive training sessions
* The Community Transportation Trade Fair
* Professional Development Sessions on vital mobility issues
* Dynamic general sessions

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2013 Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event: Tracks to Success: Careers in Public Transportation

The Public Transportation industry includes a diverse range of both private and public sector positions. This hiring fair will feature opportunities across all sectors of public transportation, including careers in OPERATIONS • ENGINEERING • MANUFACTURING • MANAGEMENT• MAINTENANCE • TECHNOLOGY • AND MANY OTHERS

This hiring event is conducted in conjunction with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; local chambers of commerce; the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (DOL VETS); PA Committee, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR); the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; The American Legion; NBC News; and other local partners.

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Federal Transit Administration (FTA) FY 2013 Tribal Transit Discretionary Grant Program Training Web

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) FY 2013 Tribal Transit Discretionary Grant Program Training Webinar will be hosted THIS WEDNESDAY!

The FTA will host a training session for Indian tribes interested in applying for FY 2013 TTP Discretionary Grant funds via webinar. The webinar will provide information on program and project eligibility, Evaluation Criteria and Process, as well as information on the FY 2013 grant application submission process. For program information contact

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The conservative Free Congress Foundation will release a report titled “Transportation and the Economic Health and Attractiveness of Metropolitan Regions.” The report makes the case that good public transportation systems are essential for 21st century metro regions to attract business, to appeal to young generations, and to underpin the mobility needs of forward-looking regional economies. The report also makes the case that thriving metro economies rely on rural and non-metro areas for manufactured goods and products, making these metro-economies a win-win for all parts of the country.

The luncheon briefing will include remarks from H ouse Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Ralph Hall (R-TX), House Highway and Transit Subcommittee Chair Tom Petri (R-WI), Rep Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and U.S. DOT Chief Economist Jack Wells.

The Free Congress Foundation was established by the late Paul Weyrich, who wrote a series of pro-transit studies from a conservative voice. Free Congress is now led by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, along with Pete Weyrich (Paul’s son).

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FTA Substance Abuse One Day Seminar

As an adjunct to the FTA Drug and Alcohol National Conference, this one-day seminar is designed to provide essential facts and information to facilitate employers’ compliance with DOT’s 49 CFR Part 40 and FTA’s 49 CFR Part 655. While a high-level overview of the regulations will be discussed, this seminar will focus more on the operational side of a transit agency’s functions.

These sessions will include Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training in accordance with 49 CFR Part 655.43 and fulfills 655.14(b)(2) training requirements.

Who Should Attend? Transit employers substance abuse program managers, human resource managers, safety managers, and vendors for transit substance abuse programs.

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8th Annual Dump the Pump Day

Dump the Pump Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 20. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), this national public transportation awareness day encourages people to “dump the pump” by parking their car and riding public transit instead. According to APTA’s most recent • Transit Savings Report, households can save, on the average, nearly $9,800 a year when they “dump the pump” and take public transit instead.

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