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Midwest/SW Transit Conference – Transit Law Track

The Midwest/SW Transit Conference will host a variety of transit-specific education tracks including Transit Law, Transit Marketing, Regional Workshops, and Community Mobility.  The Transit Law Track is designed for anyone interested in Transit Law, especially 5307 legal counsels. Some segments will also feature Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for licensed attorneys in select states.

The conference is ser for September 12-13, 2019.  Registration fee $390 ($290 before Aug 1).

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Coursework includes:

  • FTA Regulatory Issues; Legislative Updates & Civil Rights Thursday, 10:15 – 11:30
    • Morgan Hecht, Civil Rights Officer, FTA Regions 7 & 8; Linda Ford, Chief Counsel, American Public Transportation Association will provide regulatory and legislative updates that affect public transportation service providers.
  • Labor/13C Updates Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30
    • Anthony A. Anderson, Principle, Thompson Coburn LLP provide insight and direction for transit agencies that negotiate collective bargaining agreements.
  • Big Legal Problems for Small Systems Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30
    • Jim LaRusch, JD, Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc. will listen to issues presented by small urban, rural and tribal agency attorneys and directors, then help walk through the process of finding legal and ethical solutions.
  • Drafting Local Laws for First/Last Mile Transit Partnerships Thursday, 2:45 – 3:45
    • E. “Tuck” Duncan, Attorney at Law LLC will lead a panel of attorneys who will explore the intricacies of drafting local laws for scooters, bikes, TNC’s and other first and last mile transportation solutions.
  • FTA Triennial Review – Zero Findings Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00
    • Anthony A. Anderson, Principle, Thompson Coburn LLP will present the top FTA Triennial Review findings and how to prepare so that your transit agency receives ZERO findings.
  • Transit’s Legal Responsibility to Social Issues: Homelessness, Drug Abuse, Human Trafficking Friday, 8:30 – 10:00
    • Brittney M. Farr, Esq., Local and Regional Relations Manager, Dallas Area Rapid Transit will lead a panel of experts in the area of law enforcement and social issues to help transit agencies prepare their workforce and service area to respond responsibly.
    • We will apply for CLE’s for attorneys practicing in the states of: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas
  • Civil Rights: ADA, Title VI & DBE Friday, 10:15 – 11:45
    • Dawn Sweet, Director, FTA, Office of Civil Rights will provide the latest information on how public transportation providers remain in compliance with Civil Rights law.
  • Federal Funding Requirements for Constructing Capital Projects Friday, 1:30 – 2:4
    • Representatives of The Goodman Corporation (TGC), including Mr. Barry Goodman, former Senior Legal Counsel, Urban Mass Transit Administration, will discuss and review the legal and compliance requirements associated with the development and construction of Federally-funded capital projects.
  • Ethics Friday, 3:00 – 4:00
    • This legal affairs seminar will provide one hour of Ethics training that will quality for CLE’s. Please watch for more details.
  • General Session I: FTA Town Hall Meeting: Kansas City Mayor-Elect; FTA – Mokhtee Ahmad, Regional Administrator, FTA, Region 7; Dawn Sweet, Director, FTA Office of Civil Rights ; Jason Mohr, Regional Administrator, HUD Region 7 (invited)
    • How often have you said, “I wish I could ask FTA this one question”? This FTA Town Hall Meeting is your opportunity to hear from FTA Regional and Headquarters’ top personnel and receive answers from the source.
    • In addition, Region 7 HUD Director will introduce you to Opportunity Zones and their importance to the current Administration. General Session 2: Transit of the Future is Here and Now Scott Bogren, Executive Director, CTAA; Robbie Mackinen, General Manager, KCATA; Tom Gerend, Executive Director, KC Streetcar Authority Never before has transit had as many opportunities to serve than now. Those unique opportunities coupled with innovation and new ideas for true mobility will carry our industry into the future, “if we dare to go where no man has gone before”!
  • Lunch & Keynote. A Highly-Skilled Workforce: Mission Critical for Quality Transit
    • Barbara Gannon, Principle, Gannon Consult; Billy Terry, Director, National Transit Institute (NTI) Quality transit relies on a quality workforce. Where do we find a highly skilled workforce for transit? We train them! This session reveals strategies and resources for retaining current and hiring new employees with excellence.
  • Lunch and Keynote: “Safety First: Mission Critical for Passengers & Operators
    • Robbie Mackinen, General Manager, KCATA; Taulby Roach, President & CEO, Bi-State Development ; Kristen Joyner, Executive Director, SWTA. “Safety First” is one of the core values of the DOT/FTA mission statement. This is safety for our passengers and employees. This session will provide insight into the social behavior challenges facing our systems and solutions to combat and prevent danger for a safer, more secure ride. September 12-13, 2019 Kansas City, Kansas