The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority will host the 2009 Transportation Summit on Saturday, February 21 at the Broward County Convention Center. The event, which is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is open to the public and free-of-charge. Registration and a complimentary continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Reservations should be made by calling 954-788-7958 or by logging onto www.sfrta.fl.gov/summit.
The summit will focus on discussions about public transportation’s role in creating jobs, battling climate change, improving the region’s global competitiveness and enhancing our quality of life. Elected officials, transportation industry professionals, local government administrators, community activists and members of the general public, who are concerned about sustainability and mobility within the region, are encouraged to attend.
Speakers will include Yvette Taylor, regional administrator of the Federal Transit Administration Region IV; Mortimer L. Downey, chair of President Obama’s Transportation Transition Team and Gordon Price, former city councilor of Vancouver, British Columbia. James F. Murley, director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions, will be the moderator.
The SFRTA is adding four Tri-Rail trains to serve people attending the summit. A special southbound train will depart the Mangonia Park Station at 6:30 a.m. and a special northbound train will depart the Miami Airport Station at 7 a.m. Both trains will arrive at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach at approximately 7:30 a.m.
Northbound and southbound trains will then depart the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach, following the summit, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will operate between the station and the Broward County Convention Center from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The 2009 Transportation Summit is being sponsored by Bitner Goodman, Bombardier Transportation, Booz Allen Hamilton, Gannett Fleming Inc., Greenberg & Traurig, P.A., HDR Engineering, Jacobs, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., LTK Engineering Services, Parsons Transportation Group, PB America Inc., Hyundai Rotem USA Corporation, The Corradino Group, Inc., Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Veolia Transportation and The Wackenhut Corporation.
The SFRTA is co-hosting the summit in partnership with the South East Florida Transportation Council, South Florida Regional Planning Council and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.